While exploring the Gawler Ranges in South Australia, we came across this quaint little homestead. Such raw natural beauty surrounded by the ranges. Instantly we were taken back in time to the 1800's with a sense of the tough family lifestyle they would have had. In 1877 William Crawford and his wife Margaret looked after the property. Their son William went on to manage Paney Station and the Old Paney Homestead with his wife Jessie and their eleven children. Caring for that many children as well as hundreds of sheep, now that's hard labour! William writes "We travelled down past Scrubby Peak, along the sand hill track, we mustered across the Twelve Mile plains and bought the shorn sheep back." We couldn't help but feel a sense of respect for these families as they settled in this area and tried to make ends meet. Jess and I enjoyed our time exploring the homestead and sitting on the porch imagining what it would have been like. Not another car or soul in sight, it was easy to transport ourselves back a hundred years or so and pretend we had to get the horses ready to muster the sheep for another trek.

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Jess signing the visitors book.

Jess signing the visitors book.

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Jonny making music in the outback.

Jonny making music in the outback.

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