After looking doubtful that the
FrenchIsland run would even go ahead, due to insufficient numbers, it turned out to be a resounding success with over 60 people attending from the combined clubs.
FrenchIsland is a place you would best visit with a group, so that a guide can show you what it has to offer. On the surface, it appears as though there is nothing much to see, but in reality, there is a wealth of intrigue.
Our tour guide for the day, Rod Johnston, is passionate about the island, and provided a near non-stop running commentary, from the time we arrived, to the time we caught the ferry back to
FrenchIslandhas only 60 permanent residents, along with a host of nice, and not so nice wildlife – the rare potoroo, koala, echidna and snakes (copperhead and tiger).
It has a state school, with 4 students, and the only road sign on the island is a ‘give way’ sign at one of the road intersections. They have a cricket ground for visiting cricket teams to play the home team, and a general store.
As per the itinerary, we visited Fairhaven Beach, the barge landing, Eco Farm and the old gaol – all of which Rod spoke of with great enthusiasm and knowledge. The final stop was to Glen Seymour's property to see the house that Glen and Paula had built and view his collection of mainly 30's Chrysler products, most of which are laying out in the open.
Weather-wise, the day warmed up until early afternoon, when the breeze picked up to provide some welcome relief. There was also the threat of rain, which did not eventuate. The ferry ride back was a little rough due the wind chopping up
It was good to see John & Janice Gully - two long time members who have not attended an outing for 20 years. I hope itis not another 20 years before we see you again.
Special thanks to Norm McLean for organising this interesting and successful event.