This is a collection of stories of the Wambuul/ Macquarie River from the communities of Narromine, Dubbo and Wellington—capturing the past, present and future. Sharing memories, connections and hopes for the river’s future, stories have the power to shape the way we think, feel and interact with the world. These stories have been gathered as part of the Sonic Territories: Wambuul project. More stories will be added over time. The Wambuul bila soundtrack was also created for Stage 1 of this project, released on World Rivers Day, 25 September 2022.
From A Little Piece of Heaven: The story of Dick and Ruth Carney, 2019
As Bill (Dick Carney’s brother), Betty (Ruth’s sister) and Dick (Carney) were driving back across the timber bridge into town, they saw Betty’s sister (Ruth) and her cousin (Val) walking towards them in the other direction. In later years, Dick Carney’s and Ruth’s memories would be peppered with good-natured disagreements. Did Ruth hail the boys over, or did they see two good-looking chicks on the bridge and pull up?
From that day forward, Dick always came back to Narromine.