Lime Kiln Ruins - SA



DEG: -34.93248 137.756607
DMS: 34º 55' 56.93" S 137º 45' 23.79" E
UTM: 53 H 6130975mN 751785mE
Altitude: 22.6m


Place Type

Infrastructure - Ruins


76.93kms West of Adelaide - Driving 208 km (2 hours 24 mins)

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Adelaide Road
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Lime burning
Lime burning was another business which came into prominence during the late 1890s

With so much suitable stone available to build homes, commercial buildings, etc, it was natural that limestone was used not only to build the homes but also burnt to make into mortar. Although limestone was used this way by the early pastoralists to construct their own homes and buildings, it was only during later years that lime burning developed into a commercial enterprise, employing people to burn the lime in specially constructed lime kilns, and paying local farmers to deliver the rocks.

Kilns were built at Edithburgh, Coobowie, Wool Bay, Stansbury and Port Vincent. Some were also built on several farmer's properties, notably near Weaver’s Lagoon, Hayward Park and at Paddy’s Well, with a total capacity between all kilns of some 31,000 bags of burnt lime per year.

Lime kilns were profitable for many years. I can still recall the Paddy’s Well Kilns working in the early 1960s when I was a kid going to school, although by then the burning process was oil-fired and electric power was used for lighting and operating the crushing plant, etc. The old kilns were dismantled about ten years ago, after not been used since about 1970. All that is left is a roadside sign and lime residue scattered nearby.
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Edithburgh at 02/09:30pm CDT
Distance from Lime Kiln Ruins 20.02km S
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Distance from Lime Kiln Ruins 20.02km S
Mean Max. °C25.125.223.321.118.315.815.015.817.720.122.423.8
Mean Min. °C16.617.115.612.910.
Mean Rain mm11.717.019.624.144.458.

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