National Geographic : 1963 Sep
grim bulk was still the active center of aboriginal mythol ogy. In the far-off dreaming time, aborigines say, their remote ancestors, the snake men and the lizard men, lived and fought here. At Ayers Rock it is easy to believe in that dreaming time. Indeed the workaday world of ordinary civiliza tion seemed to me distant and unreal. After our stay at Alice the family flew back to England. I watched a Qantas Boeing 707 hurl them into the sun set sky from Sydney's Kings ford Smith Airport, bound first for the Hawaiian Is lands by way of Fiji, thence across the United States and on to England. I flew finally to Canberra, Australia's capital, to clarify my impressions of the pul sating new Commonwealth continent, and to ask the questions which by now crowded my mind. After six months and 30,000 miles of travel around a homeland Banded stack rises 503 feet above a copper smelter at Mount Isa Mines Ltd., a joint U. S. Australian venture in northwest Queensland. Workings, which can produce 80,000 tons of copper a year, also yield silver, zinc, and lead. Sparks dance as sander smooths a station wagon for painting in the Ford assembly plant at Broad meadows, near Mel bourne. Ford Motor Company of Australia is one of 14 automobile firms in the country that together can produce 400,000 vehicles a year. KODACHROME(ABOVE) BY ROBERT B. GOODMANAND EKTACHROMEBY GORDON DE'LISLE © N.G.S .