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Echuna/Moama

sunny 36 °C

Back in Shepparton after a couple of days in Echuca/Moama. Echuca is a nice town with just about everything one needs.

The Murray water level is way down, as expected as the pics (when I get around to posting them) will show. I was amazed at just how many paddle steamers and houseboats are there. The range in size and type is like comparing camper trailers to Winnabago’s. Would love to hire one for a few days.

We did a one hour cruise on the SS EMYLOU which was interesting.

The highlight however was a visit to Chanter Estate Boutique Winery and Military Museum in Moama. For anyone interested in military history this is a must. It has the most comprehensive range of military vehicles we have ever seen.
Some of the vehicles there have been featured in TV commercials and Australian movies. The collection is privately owned by the Ledwidge family. Downstairs are the vehicles while upstairs is a huge collection of memorabilia including rifles, mortar complete with aiming sights, uniforms of many services and countries including the USA Union Army and Confederate Army. Also ceremonial swords, original newspapers from WW2 era.
The cost for all this, a mere $8 each.

After viewing the museum we chatted with Mary Ledwidge about many things including the World Wars, and family history. As we were leaving she offered to show us another shed. Without knowing what to expect we of course said yes.

As we approached the door she said, “Now be warned, we do get snakes in there, so be careful”. With that she opened the door, We stepped in, and Mary stayed outside, as her two dogs started barking like their was no tomorrow, chasing something only a few metres from us. We stopped as the dogs started chasing something along the long wall. As I looked through to the other end, which was open, three animals screamed across the centre aisle from our right to left, and the barking continued but was getting closer. Mary said “I think we should get out”, so we did. The dogs continued on their crusade.
We have no idea what was being chased.

What we did see in the shed was amazing. We didn’t have a chance to take photos or take in what was there, but it was wall to wall military vehicles, 3 rows of them.

A truly amazing place.

Posted by BobnJo-Elsbury 01:16 Archived in Australia

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