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Derby is a town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It has a population of just over 3000 inhabitants.

Derby is located on King Sound and is renowned for having the highest tides in Australia, with the peak differential between low and high tide reaching 11.8 metres.

During the Second World War, Derby was bombed by Japanese planes because of an air base and jetty which was steadily used by Australian forces.

When you drive through the town, it has the feel of a frontier town in the middle of nowhere. You could easily think that nothing happened here and you would be mistaken.

In the 1920s, Derby was the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia: West Australian Airways Ltd. This airline began its service with a first flight on 5 December 1921. The Perth to Derby service was the world’s longest passenger airline route.

Derby also played an important role in the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service for the Kimberley Region.

Today, the Mowanjum Festival is held every year at Mowanjum Community and features a showcase of traditional art.

There is also the Boab festival which is a week long festival that includes traditional events such as mud football, watermelon seed spitting, the Mardi Gras and other festivities.

For the people who can stand the remoteness of Derby, there are jobs in the pastoral and mining industries (diamonds) as well as oil, lead and zinc in the Phillips Range, and the King Leopold Ranges.

On the downside, the sea shores are mudflats and crocodiles (salties) are not the friendliest of animals. For most people, the reason for going to Derby is at the start or finish of the last great adventure road: the Gibb River road.

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Date Taken:12 May 2013 - 8:39 AM
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Title:AUSTRALIA 2013 #40
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:15 Apr 2014 - 6:26 PM
Tags:Architecture, Derby, KING SOUND, THE KIMBERLEY, Western australia, Wharf
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2014 - 6:29 PM

A fine set and write-up, Jean-Noel. Carol

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NDODS e2 Member 43233 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2014 - 6:32 PM

Both interesting and very well documented J_N

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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DicksPics
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15 Apr 2014 - 7:12 PM

I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this narrative, Jean-Noel; it supports an excellent series of images from this remote part of the world.
Regards,
Richard

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2014 - 7:19 PM

Say Kimberley and one just thinks diamonds - well I do anyway - but you have supplied so much info Jean-Noel; thanks a lot. Great pics too.
Joan.

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Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 - 8:12 PM

Excellent images and great lesson on the history of Derby. A place I had never heard of until now.
Lynne

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2014 - 8:39 PM

your pictures show an empty landscape-- Very well done! skip the croc's, thry are very nasty!

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cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2014 - 9:44 PM

Fine set. Love v7Smile

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Maiwand
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15 Apr 2014 - 10:50 PM

Great shots Jean- Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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16 Apr 2014 - 11:44 AM

Crocodile bay Jean, could be interesting Wink
Ron

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2014 - 12:30 PM

A wonderful set showing off this interesting area. Did you see any crocodiles???

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
16 Apr 2014 - 1:34 PM

[quote]A wonderful set showing off this interesting area. Did you see any crocodiles???/quote] No, I scared them off!

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