The Surveyor

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Photographer: Margaret Stokes

This is one of the graves at the Telegraph Station at Alice Springs.  I remember wondering how they could have NOT known who it was, but then that was the nature of the land back then - who knows how long this person was dead before they found him - perhaps identified only by the equipment he had.  Much as the Territory is perhaps the most incredibly beautiful area I've seen, it is also perhaps the most harsh and unforgiving of strangers.


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