Hundred Miles

Michael Cannon – Hundred Miles (Emu Bay) © 2011

Our pioneers made tracks to Waratah.
Toil and ordeal, Hellyer and beyond.
Bullock surge and heave through rough terrain.
There and to return to Emu Bay.

The Cooee mill constructed wooden beams.
With leathered hands and straining sinews persevered.
Sweat and sleet and desolation, toil,
to lay a hundred miles of wooden rails.

The hundred miles of endless wooden rails,
brought tin from Waratah to Emu Bay.
Endless rows of heavy wooden rails,
opened Waratah to Emu Bay.

Solid timber rails afforded better transportation.
Rolling horse drawn carriage ’cross the northwest line,
marked the onset of a mining boom.
All through endless rows of heavy wooden rails.

A grim environment told on the colonists.
Hardships persevered no-one would tell.
But enduring to their limits, menfolk battled on,
all to lay a hundred miles of wooden rails.

The hundred miles of endless wooden rails,
brought tin from Waratah to Emu Bay.
Endless rows of heavy wooden rails,
opened Waratah to Emu Bay.