Old Melanka. Before that, Stott House and Todd House across …

Comment on Old Melanka site for sale – again by John Bell.

Old Melanka. Before that, Stott House and Todd House across the road on the opposite corner where the Town Council offices are now.
Such a rich history of residents. So many stories to tell. So many young people from all walks of life who came to the Alice for so many reasons.
So many happy stories, sad stories, life in its richest tapestries.
There is a spirit in that vacant block in that place in Todd Street.
A wonderful spirit that should be recognized and honoured by any organization or enterprise that eventually purchases that place for future development.
I really hope so.

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Old Melanka site for sale – again
The spirits of old Stott House and Melanka residents are watching over the site. And the Old Fella, Thomas A’Becket Flood, is Up There, smiling. Enjoying the dogfight. Long may our sacred site remain red dirt and trees. As one with the spirit of country.


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Up on the cliff face of the MacDonnell Range near Heavitree Gap, stuck in a cleft, an old .22 by his side, ragged remnants of clothes, with pre-decimal currency in the pocket.
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