Rising under Mount Howitt in the Victorian Alps is the picturesque Howqua River. The character of Billy Slim in Nevil Shute's 1952 novel The Far Country was based on Fred Fry, a notable fly fisherman... or was it Fred Fly, a notable fry fisherman... who eked out a quiet existence in the river valley.
The Howqua River at Sheepyard Flat.
This was a favourite haunt of mine during my fire bombing days...
Mount Howitt was named after Alfred William Howitt who in 1861 was sent north into northern South Australia to try to discover the fate of the Burke and Will Debacle otherwise known as the Burke and Will Expedition. Unlike Burke, who reputedly would get lost between the Beechworth Pub and his residence when he was the Police Captain, Howitt was a experienced bushman and explorer. He and his crew on 16 September 1861 found the sole survivor, John King. Hewitt buried Burke and Wills before returning to Melbourne with King. On a follow-up expedition to Cooper Creek in 1862, Howitt recovered the bodies of Burke and Wills.