Terowie - SA

  Point of Interest

Position

DEG: -33.143921 138.932602
DMS: 33º 08' 38.12" S 138º 55' 57.37" E
UTM: 54 H 6330855mN 307169mE
Altitude: 496.91m

Description

Place Type

Recreation - Point of Interest

Location

200.36kms North of Adelaide - Driving 225 km (2 hours 44 mins)
753.33kms NorthWest of Melbourne - Driving 936 km (9 hours 50 mins)

Address & Contact

Hiles Laggon Rd
Terowie SA 5421
Phone: N/A
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Information

"I came out of Bataan, and I shall return."

March, 1942 - Singapore had been captured in the rapid Japanese advance, Darwin had been bombed, the islands of the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies were rapidly falling to the invaders. Nothing stood between the Japanese and Australia.

General Douglas Macarthur had been ordered to leave the besieged defenders in the Philippines to assume overall command of Allied forces in the South West Pacific Area. The Australian government and people welcomed him and the American forces he could call upon as the only hope the nation had.

The little town of Terowie was to play its part in these momentous events for it was here that the famous General gave his first press conference and first uttered those often-quoted words, "I shall return".

Why here? Because in those days this was a major rail junction where three different rail guages met. The General changed trains here for the last leg of his journey from Bataan to his new command headquarters in Melbourne.

A cairn on the now diused platform remembers this event. The town its self is slowly dying and is worth a long look
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Yongala
Distance from Terowie 21.36km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C30.830.127.122.017.113.612.814.417.921.825.828.6
Mean Min. °C13.413.410.77.24.52.82.22.64.06.19.211.5
Mean Rain mm22.221.216.524.634.939.639.543.538.233.828.024.4

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