I recently attended the famous Come-By-Chance picnic races, 100kms north of Coonabarabran in the Walgett Shire. A local sheep station, owned by the Colless family named it Come-By-Chance to reflect their surprise at the good fortune of their purchase.The town was later named after this and also is used in one of Banjo Patterson's ballads.
Even though the locals are facing one of the worst droughts on record, the community spirit was ever present at the picnics. Amongst the dust and flies, there was also good humour and great company. The horse races were exciting and the kids also had a great time competing in running races. We came across this photo in the Land Newspaper which features our son and some of his mates in their race. As you can see, it took some time to wash the dust away but the memories will make up for it.