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FRONTIER MOMENT: Ch 1: CROSSING-PLACE

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FRONTIER MOMENT - Boldens Run 1840-43

Chapter One:  CROSSING-PLACE

In August 1840 Bolden Brothers brought their herd of cattle to a halt on the eastern bank of the Hopkins River. It was probably raining. But they were finally 'Here'. And they had found a relatively safe place to make tomorrow's crossing.

 North of the river's junction with Mount Emu Creek, the water ran too swift and deep, pressed narrow by steep sides. And at Hopkins Falls, a wide but uneven plateau of basalt rock, the winter rains and strong flow could prove fatal for stumbling livestock. But south of the junction and below the Falls, the river follows a long straight before being forced sharply left by a projection of ancient limestone. It was here that the river slowed, dropping some of its silt-load of sand and gravel midstream. To the brothers, experienced overlanders who had successfully staged their mob of one thousand head through the swollen floodwaters of the Murray and Ovens Rivers, this bend …