After setting up camp, Eileen and Colin joined the group for a walk around the area. Eileen explained how Darwin was named after Charles Darwin who made visits to the Islands on the HMS Beagle in 1833 & 1834.
Eileen talked about the history of Darwin and how it used to have the largest population outside of Stanley with around 200 people living there. The group then learnt about the Boca Wall built by the gauchos in 1849 and the two gaucho gangs that lived either side of the wall.
Eileen showed the group the foundation of the old shearing shed which was originally built in 1868. It is here that Colin and Eileen have their house, the old sheep pens and some stonework can be seen within their home.
The next port of call was the beach, Eileen pointed out the rail tracks which can still clearly be seen and the post in the harbour where the jetty once stood. The rail tracks where used to cart wool bails to the jetty ready to be transported by ship.
When walking around the bay, Eileen set a task for the Past Finders. They had to find an array of different objects including, sea glass, a sea urchin, bits of china as well as an array of wildlife. Each item found was worth points in the quiz Eileen had prepared for later on that evening.
After the excitement on the beach the group went on a walking tour to visit some other areas of historical importance around the settlement. The first stop was at the head of the bay where old brickwork from an old sheep dip built in 1869 can be seen.
The next stop was Colonel 'H' Jones' memorial. Colonel 'H' Jones was killed whilst attacking an Argentine position to the west of Darwin. Georgina Anderson, who joined the group on this trip, took the time to talk to the group about her experiences at Goose Green during the 1982 war. Her family were locked up in the community hall, she was only 7 years old at the time.
It was then time to explore the foundations of the old cow shed and the old managers house before heading to the Galpon and stone corral built in 1874 to enjoy some well deserved smoko.
After smoko, the group walked back towards the campsite, beach combing along the way. Back at Colin and Eileen's a fabulous BBQ spread had been provided, after which everyone was suitably stuffed!
After the BBQ, Eileen held a quiz which covered all the information that was given during the day. The winners of the Quiz, treasure hunt and memory game were Sean Smith and Thomas Floyd, well done boys.
The group headed off around 8pm to the camp site for a well-deserved hot chocolate before settling down. The children enjoyed playing on the beach and watching the sun set.
It was an early night the next morning with the first up at 5.40am. It was a lovely calm morning with a beautiful sunrise so breakfast was cooked outside. After a feed of bacon butties and the left over smoko, it was time to pack up and head back into town.
A huge thank you to Eileen & Colin Davis for your superb hospitality. We will be back!!