Derby July 2010

by Alison Underwood
(Bunbury, WA)

Muddy jetty, low tide.

Muddy jetty, low tide.

I revisited Derby after 25 years away. Nothing much has changed: streets still high in grasses, mud everywhere on endless plains, muddy water in Jetty--so depressing really after Broome.

I was very disappointed with the cafe at Wharf's End. Food was cold, fish was small, and air was stiflingly hot--had heard so much about this place but it is substandard compared to meals in Broome.

All in all a great disappointment. Need to make deepwater port at Pt Torment as lack of a port has stifled Derby's growth. I am writing a book on Derby--the Town that Time almost Forgot--which is almost ready for printing.

(Alison also wrote about her stay in Broome, see the link above. B.)

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Aug 05, 2010
by: Cuppa

I'd have to say I'm a little disappointed by this 'report' on Derby (& Broome). Seems just negative, no positives. With expectations not met one wonders if the expectations were unrealistic. Hardly what
I'd expect of someone writing a book about the place.

Aug 06, 2010
by: Bill McNulty

In Derby early June fantastic fish and chips at the jetty wonderfull sunsets

Aug 06, 2010
Derby and Broome
by: Rick

We were in Derby and Broome last year and can't wait to get back. A unique and fascinating part of our great country. I'm not sure what Alison expects but a positive outlook would probably make her visits more enjoyable.

Aug 06, 2010
by: alison un derwood

I may have been a little upset at having just lost my 35 yold daughter to a brain tumour but the comments were very realistic as I had been a teacher in Derby 47 years ago and that was the basis of my comparisons.
My book is mainly about the sixties and the Derby I knew then and is in no way negative.

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