Antiques a Go Go!
Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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Where I stayed
Port Germein Caravan Park
Port Augusta is on the list for today as it's the biggest town where I'll find a Centrelink office.
I drove around and around and finally found it, only to discover the parking lot full and knowing the speed with which they work didn't have the patience to wait around for hours just to lodge a couple of pieces of paper, so I gave it a miss and continued on my merry way.
As you have probably realised by now...having the dogs, I don't get to do much sightseeing. This can be quite frustrating, but it was an unfortunate mistake on my behalf to think I would be able to do so without jeopardising their well being by leaving them locked up while I choof off. So most of the time I look up information pertaining to the town I have visited and give you a second -hand experience of what it would have been like, had I had the opportunity to visit it myself. Also there haven't been as many interesting subjects,objects or other to photograph so this is going to be a kaleidoscope of the last few places I have visited. Port Germein was one of the cosy towns I stayed in hence the title "Antiques a Go Go" as you will see from my photos.
Port Augusta is the seventh most populous city in South Australia after Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Murray Bridge, Port Lincolnand Port Pirie.It is a sea port and railway junction city on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia at the head of the Spencer Gulf, Other major industries include electricity generation.It is a natural harbour which was founded on 24 May 1852 by Alexander Elder and John Grainger who selected the location for the port. Mr. Grainger was a member of Government from Adelaide. The port was named after Augusta Sophia, Lady Young, the wife of the Governor of South Australia, Sir Henry Edward Fox Young.
Port Augusta harbour
Port Germein was once an important transport hub for the surrounding districts following the opening of its jetty in 1881 - at the time known as the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Due to the shallow water along the coast, the long jetty was built to allow sailing ships to be loaded with grain from surrounding districts. Bagged wheat came from the local area, the eastern side of the Southern Flinders Ranges via Port Germein Gorge (opened in 1879), and from the west coast in smaller boats. About 100,000 bags of wheat were loaded per year. The jetty was extended to its full length of 1680m in 1883. With the opening of the port came an influx of workers from Adelaide, and by 1900 the town's population had grown to over 300. Use of the port declined when rail was extended to Port Germein in 1934, and the jetty was later reduced to its present length of 1532m due to storm damage.
A lighthouse was erected at the end of the jetty in 1894, replacing the Port Germein Lightship. The lighthouse was manned until July 1917, when it was replaced by an AGA flashing light. The lighthouse was re-established at its current site in 1975.
Port Pirie The settlement was founded in 1845 and is the site of the world's largest lead smelter, operated by Nyrstar.
It also produces refined silver, zinc, copper and gold. The smelter was built in 1889, it became the biggest lead smelter in the world by 1934, primarily due to the presence of the Broken Hill Associated Smelters (BHAS). Originally established in 1915, the smelter processed lead and zinc ore from Broken Hill.
Port Pirie was declared South Australia's first provincial city in 1953, and today it is South Australia's second largest port. It is characterised by a gracious main street and some interesting and unusual historic buildings.
The Railway Station, now a museum
International Hotel Port Pirie
Wallaroo The name "Wallaroo" comes from the Aboriginal word 'Wadlu Waru' meaning wallaby urine. The early settlers tried to copy the aboriginals by calling it Walla Waroo, however they found this too big to stamp on the wool bales, so they shortened it to Wallaroo
Wallaroo Town Hall
Maitland is within a short driving distance of coastal towns on either side, with Port Victoria to the west and Ardrossan to the east, each within 25 km.The town was named in 1872 after Lady Jean Maitland, the wife of the First Lord of Kilkerran, a family connection of the Governor of South Australia at this time, Sir James Fergusson; the local aborigines calling it "madu waltu", meaning white flint.Maitland has a grain receiving depot operated by AWB Limited, serviced only by road. Maitland is also the home base of the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association.Maitland's urban design is patterned after Adelaide's central business district: a neat grid of streets surrounded on all four sides by parkland.