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Aug 30, 2017

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

The remaining 23 residents of Stonehenge, Australia, say they are struggling to survive one of the longest droughts in memory.

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The cattle yards for the Queensland outback town of Stonehenge are silhouetted by the sunset in Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Former stockman 'Joe' sits on the porch of his house, an old courthouse, in the outback town of Windorah, located south of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 11, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Stones arranged by tourists, lay on the ground spelling out their names and the places they are from, in the area known as the 'Address Book' located on the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A cattle-grid sign stands on the road with the Milky Way and stars in the background, on the outskirts of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Posters adorn the wall next to the door for the men's toilet at the Stonehenge Pub, located in outback Queensland in Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A sign concerning water conservation is stuck to a hotel wall, located near the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian native birds called Galahs perch on power lines and dead trees, at sunset in the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Farmer Dick Smith reacts as he sits with his wife Sue at their home, located near the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Local residents Judy and Jeff Baldry prepare to eat breakfast at their property, in the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Frank Irwin, manager of the Stonehenge Pub, stands behind the bar awaiting customers in outback Queensland in Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A dilapidated outdoor toilet known as a 'Dunny' can be seen near an abandoned house in the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Farmer Dick Smith walks along the dry banks of the Thomson River on his property located near the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A rusted boat that was last used during local floods in the 1940's, sits under a tree in a paddock near the Thomson River on the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Local resident Judy Baldry waters her garden at her home in the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Farmer Dick Smith, stands on the verandah of his home, located near the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A stockman rides his horse as he leads another down a road towards the cattle yards in the outback town of Windorah, Queensland, located south of Stonehenge, in Australia, August 11, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A tree known as a Ghost Gum can be seen on the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Dead wild dogs hang from a tree on the road from the outback town of Quilpie to Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Tire tracks mark the road leading to farmer Dick Smith's property, located on the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Farmer Tony Jackson inspects a dam containing stagnant water on his property located near Deadman's Creek on the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge, in Queensland, Australia, August 13, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A section of a 100-year-old dingo fence stands along the outskirts of the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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A dilapidated outdoor toilet known as a 'Dunny' is silhouetted against the sunset near an abandoned house in the outback town of Stonehenge in Queensland, Australia, August 12, 2017. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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