Do You like Australia WW11 War History

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 at 20:45
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After many months of painstaking research I have finally be able to finally put something to print and even more special, this is the very first time that this information will be seen on the internet, and any search, including Google will reward you with not one piece of information about this historic, forgotten Kearnan Siding and Munitions bunkers right here in the Mid North of South Australia, south of the historic town of Terowie.

You can view my story from my latest Blog about this historic site
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 at 21:05

Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 at 21:05
Thanks for that interesting piece Stephen. Look forward to visiting when next we pass through SA.

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Reply By: OBJ - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 09:01

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 09:01
Terowie was a major stop off place for troops travelling the Ghan line during the war. Good stuff Stephen!
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 12:55

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 12:55
Apologies Stephen! I was not trying to steal your thunder by feeding you information you already had posted in your blog.
Before I clicked the submit button by mistake I was about to tell you that on a video I had watched only two days ago John and Anne Morton of Lifestyle Productions had shown pics of Terowie in their video "The Old Ghan Heritage Trail". Hence my references to the Troops traveling the Ghan line.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 13:01

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 13:01
Thanks for the reply. Yes Terowie was a very special place indeed.

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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 15:01

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 15:01
Thanks Stephen,
An interesting read. Did you end up finding any primary sources or was it all via oral history? Wartime censorship would have precluded secondary sources such as newspapers.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 15:48

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 15:48
The two contact document from the Army to manage the land are genuine original documents that the farmers sone still has in his possession.

How the site was name was obtained from army details from the Professor from Flinders Uni.

The only thing that I still have not found out is how many men actually guarded the site and an inventory of what was actually stored there.

I think I am lucky to have what I have and at least I know it’s real name and who it was named after.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 16:39

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 16:39
Do the SA railways have any records of the lines and platforms under their control?
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:15

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:15
Going through early SAR records but only one mention to say it east offical closing in 1948.

The platform was purpose built for the sole use of off loading munitions and nothing else.

The other purpose built platform in Terowie was called Bongoola and that was used for troops only
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 18:13

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 18:13
Great read Stephen, a lot of work. Been to Terowie several times as it is a very historic place. You have just given me another reason to go again. Chris
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:16

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:16
What are you doing on Sunday 20 March 2022?
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:59

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 19:59
How would I know, Chairman Dan has not told me yet. Chris
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 20:35

Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 20:35
Keep this important date free..
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Reply By: James B27 - Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 00:28

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 00:28
Wow, thank you very much for mentioning such a wonderful place, we once went there with my family, as my parents live there, I associate Terowie with something homely and quiet!
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Follow Up By: B1B2 - Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 16:48

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 16:48
I was impressed by the newspaper offices and blacksmith in the main street.


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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 17:11

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 at 17:11
Yes indeed, there is so much history there and you would be surprised just how many drive straight past without even making the small detour into the town
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Reply By: Malcom M - Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 16:49

Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 16:49
Great stuff Stephen.
Very interesting.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 17:03

Monday, Feb 15, 2021 at 17:03
Thank you Malcolm
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