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Syd Graeber's Truck In the early twentieth century hawkers had an important role in sustaining rural Australian communities. This exhibit features two South Australian hawker vehicles from the National Motor Museum collection. The hawker vans once belonged to Syd Graeber and Hassan Monsoor. Syd and Hassan traveled with their vans to outback towns, farmhouses, and cattle stations selling an assortment of wares such as cigarettes, seeds and fabrics. Jeff Guess 'Rites of Arrival' Wakefield Press - 1990 Page 58 ©Jeff Guess 2018

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Country Christmas Morning Three trees on the broken hill's face bare now for brown and rock the road that winds out in ungraded heat from half past five silence on the wire fence-line sheep that shelter in each other's shade pool after pool filled with the tricks of eye and light a slow church bell for early Mass like gunshot down the ranges the small crush and crowd of six or seven dust-baked farm cars crows that chorus from a gravel gradient - always the same for any birth. Jeff Guess ©Jeff Guess 2018

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The Oxen BY THOMAS HARDY Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock. “Now they are all on their knees,” An elder said as we sat in a flock By the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there To doubt they were kneeling then. So fair a fancy few would weave In these years! Yet, I feel, If someone said on Christmas Eve, “Come; see the oxen kneel, “In the lonely barton by yonder coomb Our childhood used to know,” I should go with him in the gloom, Hoping it might be so.

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St Petri Lutheran Church, Eden Valley South Australia Built c.1910 ©Jeff Guess 2018

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