Surveyor story shared

GUEST: Jacqui Beadell-Asser is thanked by mother-in-law and president Janys Asser.
GUEST: Jacqui Beadell-Asser is thanked by mother-in-law and president Janys Asser.

The daughter of well known surveyor and the last true Australian explorer Len Beadell was the guest speaker at the last Cleve and Districts Probus Club meeting.

Club president Janys Asser welcomed 51 members to the meeting, with seven visiting Cowell Probus members.

The meeting began with a reminder about the Port Lincoln Probus Rally on September 10.

David Reed reported 32 members attended a trip to Peter Crosby's farm where he showed them 'Bonnie', the second horse he is building from scrap metal.

From the Crosby farm they travelled to Darke Peak and after sightseeing at the ranges, had lunch at the hotel.

Ten members had birthdays for the month and the club sang happy birthday.

A tribute was read out on behalf of Gerald Travers to Joe Phelan who sadly died in an accident last month.

Following the morning tea break Mary Edwards introduced guest speaker Jacqui Beadell-Asser, the youngest child of Anne and Len Beadell.

Mrs Beadell-Asser is a home economics and vocational education training (VET) teacher and a specialist in career counselling in Catholic schools.

Mrs Beadell-Asser showed pictures of family camping holidays in the 1970s with her parents, older sister Connie Sue and brother Gary, retracing old roads that her father Len had surveyed.

She remembers red dust, no fridge, precious water and everything carried in the Land Rover, usually travelling alone and rarely seeing anybody. Her father worried the roads would disappear but he always knew where they were.

Best known as a surveyor-explorer with his trustworthy theodolite and reading from the stars, he always went ahead of the construction team.

He was responsible for opening up 2.5 million square kilometres of land and 6500 kilometres of outback roads from 1955 to 1963.

He also surveyed roads for Woomera and the Maralinga atomic bomb test sites and the family still have many pages of his hand written notes and calculations.

Many questions were asked by a very attentive and interested audience.

Mrs Asser thanked Mrs Beadell-Asser for a wonderful presentation and gave her a gift from club members.

The meeting was closed with the singing of the national anthem.