What was this used for ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 08:50
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We camped at Algebuckina Waterhole a while back, anyone know what this would have been used as ?
Its on the "eastern side" of the Oodnadatta Track.
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:02

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:02
Hmmm, not a clue Wayne !! : )
But I reckon if a few heads can get around it, might be able to work it out.

I looks like it has reo spike coming out along the top of the walls ?
The mound coming off it, was it some sort of water storage and drain off ?

Went through there last month coming down the tk, but only dropped into the bridge fro a break.
Previous trip down the tk, went into the waterhole side, but just a quick look for future reference and carried on.

Can you say how far up it is, and on the south side of the waterhole obviously ?
Close to the water, or back xx metres ?

Will be coming down the tk again in Aug with a small group, and will drop in for a look.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:41

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:41
About 500m to a 1k off of the track
Only a few metres from the waterhole
There isn't access into it and we didn't try to climb it to have a look
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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:50

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 10:50
Cheers Wayne, will pop up for a look when passing by.
Will be interesting of any others here have seen it or know anything about it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosss - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 11:19

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 11:19
Looks like a tank stand, maybe there was a water tank there some time ago
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 18:18

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 18:18
Looks like your average brick dunny to me (;-))
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:09

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:09
I'm with Ross, Wayne. If it's close to the waterhole, then reckon it's a tank stand.

As timber and steel were scarce years ago, and they had plenty of stone, then structures like this, houses and even water tanks were all built with local stone. May have been built when they needed water, while constructing the bridge, back whenever?

Or perhaps this one supplied an additional tank near the railway, for the steam loco's?

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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:43

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014 at 20:43
Yes makes sense Bob
It's very well made.
I'm not sure if that waterhole is permanent or not, but it's a good body of water.
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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 12:27

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 12:27
Hi Wayne,
I was told years ago it was a base for some kind of pump to use the water from the water hole for the railways, must have been a big pump if it is true.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 19:59

Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 19:59
Hi Wayne

We were out there a couple of weeks ago and camped at Algebuckina. We also saw a similar if not the same structure. Likewise, we had no idea what it was.

We wen't on to camp at Beresford Dam were I met a young guy from VIctoria who has spent a lot of time at Algebuckina and was heading up there after we left Beresford. I will be catching up with him in a week or so and will get him to have a look at it and see if he can identify it for you.

Will let you know

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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B - Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 21:55

Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 21:55
Righto Anthony that will be great
Thanks for that
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