I owned (together with my wife) a sheep farm at Mole Creek for just under 14 years. And during this time we engaged in extensive revegetation of the property with species endemic to the area. On this basis I felt that I could empathise with the owners of Marathon and the work being undertaken there. While I was fascinated by the conservation project(s) I could not help myself in observing the property as a working sheep enterprise within the conservation parameters.
Europeans have traditionally marked out their rural properties on both the peripheral boundary and internally for a number of purposes. The boundary was to make the statement: “This is mine and you encroach upon it at your peril.” The internal fencing represented stock or horticultural management. The internal infrastructure also included stock yards, loading ramps, shearing and machinery sheds.
My interest in these constructed items lay in the fact that they represented a significant part of the history of Marathon. I am cognisant that other team members will focus on the ecological aspects of the property but given my previous farming experience the recording of the history of the property through its infrastructure attracts me most.