Outback Icon - Can you remember it?

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 18:27
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Good Evening Team

We have limited internet coverage, so will make it short.

During the early to mid 1970's, I had the privilege to travel 4 times on a true outback highway. Anyone less than around 45 years of age will not remember this outback icon.

How good is your memory and where is this old girl located?????

If I do not get back in contact,I will do my best again in around 3 days when we should have internet.

Have fun and I was able to travel around 15 kilometres of the old track today.


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Reply By: noggins - Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 19:47

Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 19:47
Looks like Ivy Tanks to me

Been there a few times on the ''old highway''


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 19:49

Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 at 19:49
Sorry Ron

It is not Ivy Tanks.

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:03

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:03
Gday Stephen
If its on the old Stuart hwy, i dont remember the well at all , as i went down that rd in 1971 just before easter . Things are a lot more fuzzy about old trips taken in the past. Mark 3 Zepher ,I didnt need a 4x4 in the old days.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:29

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:29
Hey Muzbry

You are 100% correct, but you surely must remember this truely iconic landmark.

It was on all the old road maps, and to get to this icon meant you were more than half way through you torture.....lol



see below for a few more images that might help you.


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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:25

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 08:25
Well it looks like I have a lot of you stumped on this photo. To try and make it a little easier for you all, here are a few more images that might jot your memory. The old road is still in quite good condition, and to be honest, far better than when we travelled it more than 40 years ago.

If you were the owner of your pride and joy, that old VW Kombi, it is still on the side of the track, but now a very sad state..........

do these images help you????????




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Follow Up By: GarryR - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 17:52

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 17:52
It looks like something I saw at the western end of the Old Eyre Highway about 10 k's north of the old road before you get to the claypan on the way to Woodnailin
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:39

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:39
Sorry Garry

It is a long way from there, but in South Australia

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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 09:06

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 09:06
My initial thoughts were fort grey Sturt national park, as there was a beauty there back in the 1990's, which had a belt drive gearbox off it and still turned....but Kadriemitchie water hole Congee lakes is another possibility...
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:40

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:40
Sorry Dozer

It's is in South Australia.

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Reply By: pmk03 - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 12:52

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 12:52
Would it be somewhere along the old Eyre Hwy ?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:42

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:42
Sorry Paul,

Muzbry was on the money, it is on the original Stuart Highway.


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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 14:53

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 14:53
Well, I can tell you this much - it's a fairly rare Comet windmill, as identified by the 4 legs.
It's not an old railway mill and tank, or the tank would be elevated to fill the steam locos - so it's a station tank designed to supply troughs, and probably travellers as well.

I don't recognise it, but that's not to say I didn't roar past it in my youthful travelling haste!

I'm taking an educated guess it's on the old Stuart Highway, somewhere around Marla.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 16:25

Monday, Aug 08, 2016 at 16:25
Agree on the Comet tower, Ron, but looks like a Southern Cross IZ pattern head & wheel on it. Pretty popular retro fit, back in the day.

Only travelled down the Stuart once, and a lot of it after dark.........wouldn't have a clue?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:57

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:57
Well done Ron

Yes it is a station windmill and stock watering tank, and yes it is the original Marla Bore, that is located around 5 kilometres west of the Marla stop over.

It is still as it was all those years ago, and now only ever see the inquisitive person like me that want to kindle old memories.



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Reply By: blue one - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 09:40

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 09:40
Looks like the old Gunbarrel Road
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:44

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:44
Sorry Blue

It's on the old original Stuart Highway


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Reply By: bobsabobsa - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 13:09

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 13:09
Is it Marla Bore ?
I know Kingsley is now working in Coober Pedy
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:47

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 14:47
Hi Bob

You win the prize, and yes it is the original Marla Bore. Reaching this point was a feat in itself and was a usual stopping point.

It has been over 40 years since we last visited it, but seeing we we so close, I had to make sure that we went out of our way to see if it was still, as it was all those years ago.


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Follow Up By: bobsabobsa - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 15:23

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 15:23
Yes it was a feat, although I would use this track 2 to 3 time a year ,using a toyota hiace ,
eventually i got myself bogged on one trip and told the boss it is a 4wd or they get someone else do the job ,
I got a 4wd and a hf radio, bloody telstra you have to push the buggers , but it was a great job and saw a lot of sa and nt outback tracks

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ps Kingsley woomera boys thats marked on the tank were the techs at the time would have been pmg days
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 20:01

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 at 20:01
Hi Bob

That is a real small world and you can tell the boy's that their names are still on the tank, 50 years later.



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