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  • Writer's pictureBeverley Skurulis

Hamersley Range

Updated: Feb 29

No.37.   in my series of short stories.


Out prospecting for gold, for the big bits that seem to elude us. My husband had climbed up the mountain below in the Hamersley Range Western Australia on his trek to find gold, I stayed back at the camp, he was gone for a few hours when I heard him call out, come here there are some stunning gum trees that I know you would love to paint, they just happened to be way up the mountains. Managing to drag myself away from the painting I was doing and to get myself dressed in all the sun proof stuff, one of his khaki shirts with long sleeves, my Akubra, Levis jeans and good climbing boots as the ground is rocky, extremely hard and covered in spinifex.


My backpack had water, some nibbles, and my camera in it. I was trying to use my gold detector but the area was just so steep I was climbing not walking, though I still had to carry my detector. After following him for a few hours we were so very hot and there was no shade, it is not unusual for him to take me somewhere interesting and hard to get to as he likes to conquer, and loved to show me things I would be interested in, he was such an explorer. Arriving at where the trees were I took heaps of photos as I love the white gums and the snappy gums.

We had smoko then I had had enough so we turned around to head back, after going a substantial way down the mountain face, I lost my footing and slid and fell bum first into a rather large spinifex bush, he had to lift me out as I couldn't get myself off due to the spinifex spikes. I was extremely sore from all the pin pricks that had penetrated through my Levis, the spikes that snapped off weren't very pleasant they had embedded into my flesh. When we arrived back at camp I had to drop my dacks and lay over the bonnet of the Landcruiser, first putting a tarp down as the bonnet of the Landcruiser was pretty damn hot.


My husband found the tweezers and spent some time pulling spinifex needles out of my butt before they went septic in the extreme heat. It was very difficult sitting as the bits I had left still pricked and they were rather painful, eventually over a few days they would work their way out. Lucky I paint at an easel standing up as sitting wasn't an option. It was then home time, to an air conditioner and some comfort. Nothing like going home after weeks in the desert.

First a stop off at Auski roadhouse for an ice cream, lollies and some junk food. We do get sick of Roo jerky dry biscuits, baked beans, can food, damper and water. Bring on a nice cold shower and an easel to start my new paintings in an air conditioned room. The above painting is painted in our living room on a very heavy hot pressed water colour paper, it is in watercolour, gouache for the stronger colours and pastels for the softness. This painting won a prize in the Port Hedland art show.



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Pamela Skurulis
Pamela Skurulis
29. Sept. 2023
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It sounds like something dad and you would get up to 😂😳

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Gast
20. Sept. 2023
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I really love your art and am amazed at your versatility Beverley. All your paintings are so alive. I'm not really qualified to comment except to say that I wish I could have some of your art on my walls to enjoy every day. Perhaps I will be able to some time in the future. I also truly believe that your art pieces will only increase in value and desirability.

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Beverley Skurulis
Beverley Skurulis
20. Sept. 2023
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Hello to you, what a wonderful comment you have made. Over the next few weeks I am releasing my new series of Prints of myself with red dog following me all over Tassie. They are all bright and happy. I hope you enjoy them. The real Red dog was part of my life in Western Australia back in the 70's.

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Loretta Burnett
Loretta Burnett
19. Sept. 2023
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I love your Western Australian stories, it reminds me of our time in the Pilbara, and how I walked into your loungeroom one day, saw a partially completed tree trunk (gum) painted on a virtually blank 'canvas' on your easel and said "I want that painting". I still have that fantastic completed work plus one other from your Karratha time.


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Beverley Skurulis
Beverley Skurulis
20. Sept. 2023
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Hi Loretta, Thank you for your email and thank you for being on my subscription list. Keep your eyes open for my new series of 9 Tassie Prints. They are of me on a bike travelling around Tassie with Red Dog following. The real red dog slept under our caravan in the L.I.A in Karratha in the 70's. Have you sent me a pic of both of the pieces you have of my art ? if not I would love to check that I have them in my Data Base. Thank you for your time and for following me.

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Gast
19. Sept. 2023
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Ouch! Great story once again!👍

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Beverley Skurulis
Beverley Skurulis
20. Sept. 2023
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Thank you, I have been enjoying the writing and the memories coming back to me. I suppose it will be nice to get the stories out before I croak it, you will have plenty to read if I dont. Croak it that is.

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