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 House Roof Hill, a distinguishing landmark situated West of Carlton Hill Station homestead. Carlton Hill is 3,675 square kilometers of wild alluvial flats and black-soil plains situated 50 km north-east of Kununurra in Western Australia. A grazing ground for 50,000 head of brahman cattle.

House Roof Hill, a distinguishing landmark situated West of Carlton Hill Station homestead. Carlton Hill is 3,675 square kilometers of wild alluvial flats and black-soil plains situated 50 km north-east of Kununurra in Western Australia. A grazing ground for 50,000 head of brahman cattle.

 In Australia, lots of livestock handling and management is overseen by young Australians gaining their first work experience out of high school. Traditional job titles of Jackaroo and Jillaroo are given to the young workforce, who spend the whole season (9 months) working alongside livestock in remote corners of the continent.

In Australia, lots of livestock handling and management is overseen by young Australians gaining their first work experience out of high school. Traditional job titles of Jackaroo and Jillaroo are given to the young workforce, who spend the whole season (9 months) working alongside livestock in remote corners of the continent.

 Andrew Alexander, acting manager of Carlton Hill Station, along side his wife and co-manager, Karla Alexander, moved their family of three boys from Queensland out to the Kimberley Desert. Andrew hopes to give his children a similar experience to his own childhood; growing up with a father who managed livestock properties in the Northern Territory.

Andrew Alexander, acting manager of Carlton Hill Station, along side his wife and co-manager, Karla Alexander, moved their family of three boys from Queensland out to the Kimberley Desert. Andrew hopes to give his children a similar experience to his own childhood; growing up with a father who managed livestock properties in the Northern Territory.

 Ned Alexander (9) kneels in a feeding trough with a cattle-dog pup. Ned is the youngest Alexander and the only one of the three sons who live year round on the station. The two older boys are in Queensland bordering schools most of the year and return on school holidays. Ned is the youngest person within 50 kilometers. He studies remotely out of a small school house with the help of a governess.

Ned Alexander (9) kneels in a feeding trough with a cattle-dog pup. Ned is the youngest Alexander and the only one of the three sons who live year round on the station. The two older boys are in Queensland bordering schools most of the year and return on school holidays. Ned is the youngest person within 50 kilometers. He studies remotely out of a small school house with the help of a governess.

 Working the main “yard” at the CHS homestead.

Working the main “yard” at the CHS homestead.

 Head stockman, Joe Maher (24), on a muster in the middle of the dry season.

Head stockman, Joe Maher (24), on a muster in the middle of the dry season.

 To manage the food resources for the cattle, the stock camp moves regularly, driving cattle to new grazing grounds. After moving the stock camp to ‘Mick’s Yard’, north of the Carlton Hill homestead, Cameron Butt ( 20) and Jamie Mackenzie (19) take a break while waiting for the rest of the crew.

To manage the food resources for the cattle, the stock camp moves regularly, driving cattle to new grazing grounds. After moving the stock camp to ‘Mick’s Yard’, north of the Carlton Hill homestead, Cameron Butt ( 20) and Jamie Mackenzie (19) take a break while waiting for the rest of the crew.

 A long term family project, the Alexander & Sons Cattle Station. A miniature property equipped with all the standard features of a large scale property. Here Ned works some cattle in the “yard”.

A long term family project, the Alexander & Sons Cattle Station. A miniature property equipped with all the standard features of a large scale property. Here Ned works some cattle in the “yard”.

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 Cameron Butt and Henry Logan repair a dirt-bike tire while the rest of the stock camp, including young Ned Alexander, wind down at the end of the working day.

Cameron Butt and Henry Logan repair a dirt-bike tire while the rest of the stock camp, including young Ned Alexander, wind down at the end of the working day.

 Jamie “Mulga” Mackenzie (19), concussed and on his way to the Kununurra Hospital. After losing control of his horse while on a cattle drive he was knocked off by a tree branch. He returned to work two days later.

Jamie “Mulga” Mackenzie (19), concussed and on his way to the Kununurra Hospital. After losing control of his horse while on a cattle drive he was knocked off by a tree branch. He returned to work two days later.

 Taking a break during a cattle drive. After completing her secondary education at a Gold Coast boarding school, Sophie Donaldson (19) wanted to return to the country life. This is her second year working on the Carlton Hill stock camp.

Taking a break during a cattle drive. After completing her secondary education at a Gold Coast boarding school, Sophie Donaldson (19) wanted to return to the country life. This is her second year working on the Carlton Hill stock camp.

 Stock camp worker, George Murray (20), just returned from passing his commercial truck driving test.

Stock camp worker, George Murray (20), just returned from passing his commercial truck driving test.

 Horns must be kept short to protect the cattlemen and woman. To limit stress and risk for injury, the stock camp take this opportunity to check and treat parasites, castrate, tag and brand.

Horns must be kept short to protect the cattlemen and woman. To limit stress and risk for injury, the stock camp take this opportunity to check and treat parasites, castrate, tag and brand.

 Ashleigh Bielenberg stokes the fire on an over-night backpacking trip to summit House Roof Hill. Bielenberg had transferred from another remote Western Australian livestock property to become Ned’s governess and aid him with his long distance learning.

Ashleigh Bielenberg stokes the fire on an over-night backpacking trip to summit House Roof Hill. Bielenberg had transferred from another remote Western Australian livestock property to become Ned’s governess and aid him with his long distance learning.

 Cattleman, Zac Mooney (20)

Cattleman, Zac Mooney (20)

 Cameron Butts (20) preparing a recently killed bull. Once bulls become too old to mate, or have begun to slow down the heard, they are sometimes killed and butchered to feed the station staff.

Cameron Butts (20) preparing a recently killed bull. Once bulls become too old to mate, or have begun to slow down the heard, they are sometimes killed and butchered to feed the station staff.

 Dusk at the homestead

Dusk at the homestead

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 Recently de-horned juvenile cattle.

Recently de-horned juvenile cattle.

 A network of diversion dams and the construction of Lake Argyll, Australia’s largest man-made lake, allow the Ord River to flow year-round. The Ord provides properties like Carlton Hill with enough water to sustain it’s large number of livestock and help sustain the regions agriculture based economy during the dry months.

A network of diversion dams and the construction of Lake Argyll, Australia’s largest man-made lake, allow the Ord River to flow year-round. The Ord provides properties like Carlton Hill with enough water to sustain it’s large number of livestock and help sustain the regions agriculture based economy during the dry months.

 Ned Alexander soaking in the terrain that has become his home. A view from House Roof Hill looking over a bend in the Ord River. After their season managing Carlton Hill Station, the Alexanders returned to Queensland to manage a new business and keep the family closer together.

Ned Alexander soaking in the terrain that has become his home. A view from House Roof Hill looking over a bend in the Ord River. After their season managing Carlton Hill Station, the Alexanders returned to Queensland to manage a new business and keep the family closer together.

House Roof Hill, a distinguishing landmark situated West of Carlton Hill Station homestead. Carlton Hill is 3,675 square kilometers of wild alluvial flats and black-soil plains situated 50 km north-east of Kununurra in Western Australia. A grazing ground for 50,000 head of brahman cattle.

In Australia, lots of livestock handling and management is overseen by young Australians gaining their first work experience out of high school. Traditional job titles of Jackaroo and Jillaroo are given to the young workforce, who spend the whole season (9 months) working alongside livestock in remote corners of the continent.

Andrew Alexander, acting manager of Carlton Hill Station, along side his wife and co-manager, Karla Alexander, moved their family of three boys from Queensland out to the Kimberley Desert. Andrew hopes to give his children a similar experience to his own childhood; growing up with a father who managed livestock properties in the Northern Territory.

Ned Alexander (9) kneels in a feeding trough with a cattle-dog pup. Ned is the youngest Alexander and the only one of the three sons who live year round on the station. The two older boys are in Queensland bordering schools most of the year and return on school holidays. Ned is the youngest person within 50 kilometers. He studies remotely out of a small school house with the help of a governess.

Working the main “yard” at the CHS homestead.

Head stockman, Joe Maher (24), on a muster in the middle of the dry season.

To manage the food resources for the cattle, the stock camp moves regularly, driving cattle to new grazing grounds. After moving the stock camp to ‘Mick’s Yard’, north of the Carlton Hill homestead, Cameron Butt ( 20) and Jamie Mackenzie (19) take a break while waiting for the rest of the crew.

A long term family project, the Alexander & Sons Cattle Station. A miniature property equipped with all the standard features of a large scale property. Here Ned works some cattle in the “yard”.

Cameron Butt and Henry Logan repair a dirt-bike tire while the rest of the stock camp, including young Ned Alexander, wind down at the end of the working day.

Jamie “Mulga” Mackenzie (19), concussed and on his way to the Kununurra Hospital. After losing control of his horse while on a cattle drive he was knocked off by a tree branch. He returned to work two days later.

Taking a break during a cattle drive. After completing her secondary education at a Gold Coast boarding school, Sophie Donaldson (19) wanted to return to the country life. This is her second year working on the Carlton Hill stock camp.

Stock camp worker, George Murray (20), just returned from passing his commercial truck driving test.

Horns must be kept short to protect the cattlemen and woman. To limit stress and risk for injury, the stock camp take this opportunity to check and treat parasites, castrate, tag and brand.

Ashleigh Bielenberg stokes the fire on an over-night backpacking trip to summit House Roof Hill. Bielenberg had transferred from another remote Western Australian livestock property to become Ned’s governess and aid him with his long distance learning.

Cattleman, Zac Mooney (20)

Cameron Butts (20) preparing a recently killed bull. Once bulls become too old to mate, or have begun to slow down the heard, they are sometimes killed and butchered to feed the station staff.

Dusk at the homestead

Recently de-horned juvenile cattle.

A network of diversion dams and the construction of Lake Argyll, Australia’s largest man-made lake, allow the Ord River to flow year-round. The Ord provides properties like Carlton Hill with enough water to sustain it’s large number of livestock and help sustain the regions agriculture based economy during the dry months.

Ned Alexander soaking in the terrain that has become his home. A view from House Roof Hill looking over a bend in the Ord River. After their season managing Carlton Hill Station, the Alexanders returned to Queensland to manage a new business and keep the family closer together.

 House Roof Hill, a distinguishing landmark situated West of Carlton Hill Station homestead. Carlton Hill is 3,675 square kilometers of wild alluvial flats and black-soil plains situated 50 km north-east of Kununurra in Western Australia. A grazing ground for 50,000 head of brahman cattle.
 In Australia, lots of livestock handling and management is overseen by young Australians gaining their first work experience out of high school. Traditional job titles of Jackaroo and Jillaroo are given to the young workforce, who spend the whole season (9 months) working alongside livestock in remote corners of the continent.
 Andrew Alexander, acting manager of Carlton Hill Station, along side his wife and co-manager, Karla Alexander, moved their family of three boys from Queensland out to the Kimberley Desert. Andrew hopes to give his children a similar experience to his own childhood; growing up with a father who managed livestock properties in the Northern Territory.
 Ned Alexander (9) kneels in a feeding trough with a cattle-dog pup. Ned is the youngest Alexander and the only one of the three sons who live year round on the station. The two older boys are in Queensland bordering schools most of the year and return on school holidays. Ned is the youngest person within 50 kilometers. He studies remotely out of a small school house with the help of a governess.
 Working the main “yard” at the CHS homestead.
 Head stockman, Joe Maher (24), on a muster in the middle of the dry season.
 To manage the food resources for the cattle, the stock camp moves regularly, driving cattle to new grazing grounds. After moving the stock camp to ‘Mick’s Yard’, north of the Carlton Hill homestead, Cameron Butt ( 20) and Jamie Mackenzie (19) take a break while waiting for the rest of the crew.
 A long term family project, the Alexander & Sons Cattle Station. A miniature property equipped with all the standard features of a large scale property. Here Ned works some cattle in the “yard”.
Station Break-18.jpg
 Cameron Butt and Henry Logan repair a dirt-bike tire while the rest of the stock camp, including young Ned Alexander, wind down at the end of the working day.
 Jamie “Mulga” Mackenzie (19), concussed and on his way to the Kununurra Hospital. After losing control of his horse while on a cattle drive he was knocked off by a tree branch. He returned to work two days later.
 Taking a break during a cattle drive. After completing her secondary education at a Gold Coast boarding school, Sophie Donaldson (19) wanted to return to the country life. This is her second year working on the Carlton Hill stock camp.
 Stock camp worker, George Murray (20), just returned from passing his commercial truck driving test.
 Horns must be kept short to protect the cattlemen and woman. To limit stress and risk for injury, the stock camp take this opportunity to check and treat parasites, castrate, tag and brand.
 Ashleigh Bielenberg stokes the fire on an over-night backpacking trip to summit House Roof Hill. Bielenberg had transferred from another remote Western Australian livestock property to become Ned’s governess and aid him with his long distance learning.
 Cattleman, Zac Mooney (20)
 Cameron Butts (20) preparing a recently killed bull. Once bulls become too old to mate, or have begun to slow down the heard, they are sometimes killed and butchered to feed the station staff.
 Dusk at the homestead
Station Break-7.jpg
 Recently de-horned juvenile cattle.
 A network of diversion dams and the construction of Lake Argyll, Australia’s largest man-made lake, allow the Ord River to flow year-round. The Ord provides properties like Carlton Hill with enough water to sustain it’s large number of livestock and help sustain the regions agriculture based economy during the dry months.
 Ned Alexander soaking in the terrain that has become his home. A view from House Roof Hill looking over a bend in the Ord River. After their season managing Carlton Hill Station, the Alexanders returned to Queensland to manage a new business and keep the family closer together.