A remarkable Fulla
This is the man known as Koolbiri or 'Mailman Jimmy' who for many years carried the mail on foot between Fowlers Bay and Eucla in the early days of settlement on the South Australian West Coast.
Following Mailman Jimmy's death the Saturday Journal reported on 25 August 1923; "He was the Royal Mail between Fowlers Bay and Eucla for many years. He ran with the mail bags every fortnight from the Bay to Eucla, a distance of 280 miles, and returned during the following fortnight. He could do the journey in faster time than a man on horseback, owing, I presume, to his superior bushcraft, and his knowledge of reliable water supplies...."
This photo is dated 1875.
Credit: Australia Looking at times past
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