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With some cooler/drier weather not too far away, Territorians are beginning to think about what camping trips they might make this year, and the many ways they plan to avoid the situation shown here. That said, if you were going to get bogged, it's hard to think of a more scenic location. This is Ron, Merry and Neil Ross bogged on the road to Kata Tjuta in 1964, discovering (the hard way) that the road was too soft to make it back to their basecamp before dark. While some helpful social media commenters suggested this situation occurred because they were in fact, driving across the road, they were actually just trying to turn around. Either way, it's hard to think of a more iconic snap than this one.

Image: Ian Ross, Growing up in Alice Springs Facebook page

Published: 24 February 2019


Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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