Sunday, 17/08/30.

Freddy Colson finally arrives in Alice Springs with wreck of the Golden Quest and gladly dumps the thing in the Police compound. He is interested only in domestics and bed, Coote can wait until tomorrow.

The water flows very slowly at Illbilla and delays the start of 'The Big Push'  until tomorrow, Blakeley frets and fumes to no avail. An idle day of it fiddling about with the loading ramp and the stores, making sure Freddy doesn't get bogged when he returns. That evening Taylor tries out his new shotgun on the pigeons at the waterhole, no luck.