Has the old CSR phone box gone?

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 18:37
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Back in 2003 there was an old phone box at the junction of the CSR and the track to Kunawarritji just before Well 33 (heading north). I was wondering if it was still there? Can anyone confirm please?

It was as pictured here (That's David).
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Reply By: Member - Darwin Dave - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 19:17

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 19:17
Hi Michelle,

We didn't see a phone box in May 2012 or May 2013.
Phone at the community, no mobile service, definitely sat phone country.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 19:57

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 19:57
Yes, its a joke phone box ;) But was really there many years ago, maybe the community or road builders took it away. I just am tidying up the Places database - no point having this waypoint on the maps if its not there now eh?!
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:11

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:11
It definitely wasn't a "joke phone box" in 1998. We called the kids from there just before calling into Kunawaratji community during our CSR trip.

Geezus, was it that long ago (:-((

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:24

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:24
Could be anywhere now..didn't spot it in 2008.



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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:33

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:33
Greg there really is a Tardis at Maralinga, just outside the security gates.
More pics here in Places.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:24

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 21:24
I was there 5 weeks ago and I didn't see it.
The CSR & Jenkins Track have been extensively graded at this intersection and are very wide, likely it was removed during road works.

I don't recall seeing it in 2009 either.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 23:25

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 23:25
Hi Michelle,

I used it a number of times when W33 was isolated but when Kunawarritji came along it was removed. I think the main reason for it being there was for the Traditional Owners and safety, (a bit like bores and tanks along tracks).


Anyway I saw it about 4 years ago, it was stored (not commissioned for use) west of the old shop but near where they supplied unleaded petrol from 200 litre drums (at Kunawarritji).
Nowadays I believe fuel is sold from a new shop that's located further south - in front of a small hill that we had to go over to get to the old store.


Maybe someone going through could check and see if its still there.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:34

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:34
Ok, glad they kept it somewhere. It was rather unique. I will remove it from Places though as I said, just tidying up the POIs so we don't have things turning up on the new EOTopo 2015 map that shouldn't be there.
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Reply By: Member - Jim - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 19:43

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 19:43
Whilst there is more recent information it was there in 1999.

Only available for reverse charge calls.

The operator asked the called person if they would take a reverse charge call from "The Great Sandy Desert".

Not a lot of people would have received that call (at least back then when only a few hundred people per year used the track.

Bit of history

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 20:56

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 20:56
Thanks Jim
I had forgotten that - by reverse charges only a person didn't need to go out there and empty the coin box if it wasn't already smashed.

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Reply By: Member - Cruiser74 - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 13:05

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 13:05
Hi Michelle,

I have just met up with a friend in Wiluna yesterday as I work nearby. He has just finished the CSR north to south. He confirmed that there is indeed no phone box at that junction.

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Reply By: Wayne NSW - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 16:35

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 16:35
Michelle,
The old phone box, was there in June 2007 and when I went back in June 2008 the phone box had been moved into Kunawarritji community. For the next 2 years I did see it there but after that it has gone.

The only evidence is a concrete cover on the ground near where the phone box once stood.

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