Cattle runs of large extent exist in the back-blocks, formed in the early days by that class of men to whom Australia owes so much; the men who to-day are vilified by those not worthy to black their boots: the hardy, adventurous, courageous, indomitable pioneer, who more often than not laid down his life and his fortune in the interest of Colonial expansion and occupation.At intervals along the river-banks are small settlements, dignified by the name of townships.
Furthermore, they were generally mounted on blood horses, usually "borrowed" from the surrounding station studs.
These boys gave tone and direction to the fun and frolic of the settlement.
Of them it is sufficient to say at present that they were not pedestal lads.
Tareela, the principal village, skirted both sides of the river, and was connected by a ferry.
Here were located the Government offices for the district, together with the stores, hotels, school, etc.