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A drive through Owen Springs Reserve takes in a number of historic sites that are reminders of the former Owen Springs Cattle Station pioneering history.

Images include historic remains of the old homestead, saddle and harness shed, and bronco branding.

Easily accessible and signposted, visitors are asked to keep to designated roads and tracks and are reminded that all historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected. Bins are not provided, so please take your rubbish with you.

Historic remains of the Old Owen Springs Homestead
Historic remains of the Old Owen Springs Homestead

Saddle and Harness Shed
Owen Springs Bronco Branding
Owen Springs Bronco Branding

Owen Springs Bronco Branding
The panels in the middle were used for bronco branding.

Cattle that ran wild in this country were not easy to handle and cattlemen had to use their ingenuity for all jobs. In this set-up, used for branding, someone on horseback would rope a beast and lead it towards the panels. The horseman would ride around the sloping edge and the rope would slide along until it reached the middle before dropping down.

The beast would then be restrained against the other side of the panel until it had been branded. The branding was essential to identify ownership in a land of few fences.

Source: NT Parks & Wildlife Services - Park signage

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