Stock routes, or 'Where shall we ride near Canberra?'

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Subject: Stock routes, or 'Where shall we ride near Canberra?'
From: "David McDonald (Personal)" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2023 08:57:22 +0000

Greetings. Sometime ago a subscriber asked list members whether there are any stock routes in Canberra. The answer was no.


I've recently become aware of a 1940 journal article that includes a sketch map of places to go horse riding, using Duntroon as the base. The article mentions, and the sketch map shows, a number of stock routes in the area stretching from Gungahlin in the north to Cotter Road in the south: C. E. McK 1940, 'Where shall we ride near Canberra?', Journal of the Royal Military College of Australia, vol. 27, no. 34, pp. 20-2,


And isn’t it a shame that ‘shall’ is disappearing from the English language? Google’s ngram viewer shows that its use has fallen 74% between when I was born and 2019. Sigh!


- David



David McDonald

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Mobile: 0416 231 890 | Tel: (02) 6238 3706



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