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This page is dedicated to one of WA's early explorers, who has been
largely forgotten. Frank
Hann explored WA extensively through the
Kimberley,the Pilbara, the goldfields, to the vastness of the
Great Victoria Desert. We spend more time at school learning about
overseas explorers and forget our own who deserve more recognition. At
least there is a National Park named after Frank Hann.
Frank Hann explored
for many years and named over 500 geographical features, far more than
any other individual. He kept diaries of all his explorations. Most
importantly the bearings and sightings he took from various hilltops
are recorded in them. It is rather exciting to climb a hill and read
the bearings from his diaries and actually still be able to observe
what he saw nearly 100 years ago.
Frank Hann was born
19th October 1845 and died 22nd August 1921.
Donaldson and Ian Elliot
have compiled and edited a book of Hann's
diaries appropriately named "Do
Not Yield To Despair", available from Hesperian Press. It
can add a new experience to a trip to read these diaries while in the
same area that Hann
originally traversed. It is remarkable to consider that Hann nearly
perished for want of water, and today we can crack a cold tinny from
the car fridge!
Ian Elliot enjoying
a break from leading a tour group around Lake Johnson
near Norseman at Easter 2005. The camp spot was close to where Frank Hann named
Maggie Hayes Hill.
years ago while setting up 4 wheel drive trips around Norseman. Ian has
been following in Hann's
footsteps for many, many years and taken numerous photos of Hann's tree markings. Around the
campfire one cold night, I suggested Ian put some photos of Hann's
marking on the net. This page is the result of that conversation.
to thank Ian Elliot for
allowing me to offer these photos, and hope that people will find
enjoyment in discovering one of WA's most prodigious, but forgotten
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Why are these images important?
simple fact is that some of the trees may well be over 100 years old.
And even trees eventually get old and die, and they can't run away from
a fire. It is quite possible this is the last generation that may be
able to view the actual tree. Already some of the trees in these photos
no longer exist because they have been destroyed by fire or white ants.
It is important that our history is recorded for the future..
Remembering our past will helps us achieve our future.
struggles of the early settlers and explorers in this country sometimes
defy imagination. How many of us driving our air conditioned 4WD
vehicles complete with fridge full of cold drinks ever stop to think of
the days when explorers almost perished for want of a simple glass of
water as they battled through the bush?