sculpted kindness

From Halls Creek in Western Australia to Becky’s squares, an extraordinary monument.

Bronze casting, by artist C.P. Somers

Straight from the plaque :

It shows”Russian Jack” (Real name Ivan Fredericks) a famous figure in the gold rush of 1885.

“Russian Jack” once carried a sick friend more than 300 kilometres in a bush-made wheelbarrow seeking medical aid over a track which existed in name only.

His feat symbolised the mateship and endurance of the pioneers of a region, then lacking all the amenities of civilisation.

I think many are metaphorically doing the same thing during these unusual times.

blue bounty

For the last square of Becky’s month of blue squares.

Blue bounty — After his 1699 expedition William Dampier was among the first to cast aside the idea that WA’s low, scraggly looking vegetation was of little botanical worth and commented on the predominance of blue flowers. ( )


The Aquarium of Western Australia opened in 1988 under a different name. It features the largest underwater tunnel in Australia (Wikipedia) and a touch pool, where anyone who can reach in has the chance to feel a stingray, fish, starfish, or anything close enough. So, yes, I was back in Perth again and made a morning of it.

AQWA entrance
porthole windows
anemone and clown fish
large display windows
the tunnel has a conveyor belt that you can stay on for hours or a solid path that you can take to move on or step off.
life from the tunnel
giant stingray gliding over in the tunnel. A blurry but happy face.

The cost of entry was quite high for adults ($30) and possibly making it a once-off event for me. I would definitely recommend it and had trouble picking out which photos to display. I also took a number of mini videos of jelly fish doing their thing, seahorses and many other underwater moments that I didn’t feel were captured by photos.

There is an old ship – the DUYFKEN, which I am not sure as to whether it is a recreation or restoration and you can take tours or just view it from the outdoor area. I believe diving and glass bottom boat rides are among the other activities offered at the AQWA.

The beach is nearby and there’s a large park out the front where you could have a picnic or run after the indoor event. The Aqwa is in Hillarys. We spent about 2 hours there and seemed to go very fast, as it was really visually beautiful and enjoyable.