We decided to go for a drive to find out more about the Pine Plain Run started by J. M. Clow for the history section of the Blog.
Pine Plain was the first Run (Station) started north of John Coppock’s Albacutya Run but there was a deal of land left vacant between them.
First we had to stop just outside Patchewollock to take a picture of the paddock art set up by a farmer in preparation for their music festival a few weeks back.
We then stopped to visit the big Mallee Hens by the abandoned railway track opposite the hotel.
Then we headed for Pine Plain homestead but found no one home so couldn’t spend much time there but we did take a couple of pictures as we left. This was also one of the locations that a 14 year old boy Hugh O’Sullivan from Albacutya Run stopped at while doing the mail run from Dimboola past Lake Hindmarsh and Albacutya through Nypo, Wyperfeld (previously called Wonga Park) Pine Plain to Kows Plains homestead (No I didn’t miss spell it) which was just south of the town of Cowangie on the Mallee Highway. For the motoring enthusiasts Cowangie is the birthplace of Larry Perkins.
Nothing left now but to have a look around the area. What is left in private hands of Pine Plain is the main homestead site with the traditional one square mile (approx.) selection of the 1890’s the rest is now in the hands of Parks as part of Wyperfeld Park. We stopped to check out the rabbiters hut that has been ravaged by time and fires the latest fire being January this year when all of this area was burnt down to Lake Albacutya and Nypo.
The sand dunes in this area are amazing so we had to check out the large white sand dune known as the Snowdrift. Parks have set up a picnic area at the foot of the dune with tables a shelter and toilet. This is a beautiful area and well worth a visit.
After dropping into the Patchewollock store for refreshments and a chat we left for home armed with the contact details of the local historian so we will be back after making an appointment to meet with him. It is harvest time at the moment and its all hands on deck so we will wait until after harvest to follow up on the local history later.
In all a bit of fun, lots discovered and more to go.