29 - The History of the Canning Stock Route with Phil Bianchi

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Canning Stock Route history

Phil Bianchi is a historian and 4 wheel driver who has documented a lot of history of the Canning Stock Route and he has driven the route many times.

From Wiluna to Halls Creek, it runs 1850 kms and was first surveyed in 1906.

We discuss Alfred Canning and his initial trip to survey the Canning Stock Route and the expedition to build the stock route.

The history of the Canning Stock Route is fascinating, with murders, sabotage,Beef barons and a Royal Commission.

We talk about the initial survey and the Royal Commission that followed.  Some of the documents from these early times are still locked up in Government Departments!

In 1908, Canning started construction creating a lot of issues with the local Aboriginals, we discuss these issues and the long term effects.

This is a fascinating discussion about the history of this iconic 4 wheel drive track.


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Submitted by Tink Tink
Listened to it yesterday. Some good tips. Thanks James and Phil
Submitted by dpn dpn
https://everydayhero.com.au/event/hallscreektrek2018 spotted this... would be pretty cool
Submitted by dpn dpn
I just grabbed work completed for my dad's birthday... will sneak it off him when he's done :)
Submitted by Patriot Patriot
If you are interested in more information on the history of the Canning Stock Route, check out some of Phil's book.

“Work Completed, Canning”A Comprehensive History of the Canning Stock Route1906 – 2010

by Phil Bianchi

The story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the 1800 kilometre long Canning Stock Route from Halls Creek to Wiluna is told in this new volume.

Original historical documents are combined with oral history in a narrative that covers the origins of the stock route, surveying, construction of the wells, droving, deaths and murders, exploration and prospecting, well restoration, identities and adventurers, place name origins and tourism.

This new book features photographs, maps, exploration and droving journals that have never been published before. Mysteries of the stock route are solved, and long-held beliefs and myths corrected. Phil Bianchi’s research is complemented by expert analyses of flora, fauna and pasture.

This heavily referenced and comprehensively indexed book is destined to become the definitive history of the Canning Stock Route and will appeal to general and professional readers, historians, anthropologists, scientists, family history researchers, local shires, tour companies, tourists and CSR travellers.


A Camelman on the Canning The diary of Claude Heppingstone.
Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Sheryl Milentis, Gail Dreezens, Tony Vincent.
Claude was a cameleer on the 1908-1910 well construction party of the Canning Stock Route. This is his daily diary. Bush diaries are rare and the detail of this shows the long daily grind of hard bush work and what was done in this great enterprise.


Stitching the Stock Route. Eileen Lanagan first woman down the Canning.

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield
Contains her diary and a biography by Miriam Howard-Wright with details of their life on Wongawol Station, Eileen’s bush cookery book, obituaries and details of the graves at CSR Well 40.


Tommy Ningebong by Phil Bianchi

Bushman, tracker, drover, stockman, pastoralist, Aboriginal Ningebong was an extraordinary individual. C1904-1978 he spent most of his life in the wider Wiluna area. He was a favourite of the local people and many are the stories of his solidity and of course his little quirks. This biography places on record his life and peoples appreciation of him. He was the principal witness in the trial of the murderers of trapper Joe Wilkins in 1937 and in a rustling trial in the 1970s. He was one of the first Aboriginals to have his own pastoral Lease.


Canning Stock Route Royal Commission Royal Commission to inquire into the Treatment of Natives by the Canning Exploration Party - 15 January – 5 February 1908

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield.

Important desert and bush history. This was not published, except as reported in the newspapers of the day. Contains the opinions of many of the best bushmen of the day.

Submitted by Hoyks Hoyks
If I'd only discovered it Saturday as I spent Sunday behind the wheel.

Was interesting to hear the amount of $$ thrown at the project compared to the number of mobs that came down the track. I suppose the best way for a rich person to stay a rich person is to convince someone else to pay for stuff.
Submitted by dpn dpn
I wondered whether there was a way for 4x4ers to volunteer to help with track maintenance. Maybe to carry something out or do a little bit of work on something. Obviously a few issues to figure out..but could have potential.

Loving these historical episodes!
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29 - The History of the Canning Stock Route with Phil Bianchi


Not only is Phil Bianchi a keen 4 wheel driver who has driven the Canning Stock Route many, many times, he is a very keen historian and has literally written the book on the Canning Stock Route. We talk about the fascinating history of one of Australia's most iconic 4 wheel drive tracks.
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