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

To: "David McDonald (Personal)" <>
Subject: Stock routes, or 'Where shall we ride near Canberra?'
From: Graham Gall <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2023 20:40:57 +0000
Ok then I have a question. I was recently shooting (photos) on Top Nass Rd and was berated by a local telling me the the travelling stock route past the Top Naas gate was ‘private property’ and I was trespassing and told with anger me to get out! Is this correct?
I thought it was public land.
For advice

On 15 Jun 2023, at 6:57 pm, David McDonald (Personal) <> wrote:

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
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