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Thursday, January 12, 2012

A LITTLE BIT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

After we completed our tour in Western Australia we  flew to Adelaide the capital of South Australia. We were still accompanied by our friends, Helen and Paul and we met our other friends, Ann and George at the Mercure Hotel.
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The next morning we picked up a hire car big enough to fit all six of us and the luggage. Then we set off for Port Augusta at the tip of Spencer Gulf. We made a few stops on the way... you guessed it... for coffee and sight seeing. It was another dull day.
The people mover

 As we drove out of the city heading north through farm land we passed a collection of sculptures there were many more than I have shown here. They were made of recycled scrap metal. I wasn't that taken by them and thought they looked a bit like junk. However, after researching them I found out that is what they are .....recycled junk. They are called the Protest Sculptures and they were created by a local farmer, Steve Jones in 1998 in protest against a proposed landfill dump to be created close to the small town of Dublin. Steve's friends got together in a shed with a welder and produced a cockroach, fly and rat first to show what a dump would attract but then they continued to make a variety of sculptures to encourage recycling. Today 14 years later they stand as silent sentinels for conservation. (mmmm I'm not so sure that they don't look like a rubbish dump.) Unfortunately their protest was unsuccessful.
 We drove on and found a house in the middle of the road being transported elsewhere.

 Then we arrived in the lovely town of Kadina. Established in 1878 as a copper mining town. It was settled by miners from Cornwall in England. Mining ceased in 1938.

 There are many colonial and federation style buildings. 

South Australia has beautiful wild flowers too.

26 comments:

  1. beautiful old buildings in kadina. and i like the junk sculptures

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  2. SA is a state that can be easily over-looked in the grand scheme of things. However, I like the houses that you show here, and I like Adelaide ... and the Barossa.

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  3. Great photos Diane! I have mixed memories of SA. Once we were driving to Syndey during the pilots strike from WA and broke down in the old Volvo in Port Augusta. On the railway crossing. I never slept for days after that....And then I went horse riding with a mad horsewoman down the steep slippery roads of Stirling! Talk about Blood Pressure issues!!

    I hope yours was a more relaxing time!

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  4. As a South Aussie gal, even those crappy 'protest sculptures' have made me a little bit homesick!

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  5. Beautiful Grevilleas!
    Kadina does look like a pretty town. I enjoyed your pictures of the colonial architecture and ironwork.
    I like the creativity of Jone's "Protest Sculptures". Too bad it didn't work. We all need reduce, reuse and recycle, rather than just toss, with a major emphasis on reduce.

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  6. I like the sculptures, perhaps for their setting rather than themselves.

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  7. Very interesting buildings reminds me of a programe I used to watch "The Sulivans".

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  8. And the owner from the house on the road, did he know it or was he still sleeping in it :-))

    What would they do if a similar transporter is comming from the other direction :-)

    Great pictures.
    Greetings from Switzerland
    Angela
    (I hope you can understand what I mean)

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  9. Good that you add these maps, we don't know where most of these places are located.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. Angela: I understand what you mean. Hee hee I think the owner was elsewhere. I think they have to get police permission to transport wide loads and they are accompanied by police, who close the road ahead and behind until they can pull over to let traffic pass.

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  11. Thank you Diane for the answer. It was just a joke but it's very difficult for me in english. My language is german (swiss german) and I was never in a english country.
    I can only school english and the school end is already past a long time. :-))

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  12. Ah! at last you have arrived in my home state - I have travelled that road north hundreds of times on my way between Adelaide and my home town of Port Lincoln and yes being held up by one of those houses on wheels can be very frustrating.
    Looks like the weather was kind to you.

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  13. I'm not sure that I got to the place where those "sculptures" were, but on a back road, just off the highway, to Peterborough, there was a similar display in a paddock of some weird and wonderful looking 'sculptures'.
    Maybe it is a South Aussie "craze" or something???? You may pass it as this journey continues towards Burra???
    Getting stuck behind a house being moved is not much fun. How long before you were permitted to overtake?
    The old colonial homes are great and there are plenty of them in SA.
    Cool in the scorching summers and warm in the South Pole winds of winter.
    Great post as always.
    Colin (HB)

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  14. Oh! and I forgot to say your header photo of rural S.A. is a stunner!!

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  15. Oh I forgot. I agree with Julie - the Barossa area of SA, is heaven on earth!
    Colin (HB)

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  16. hi Diane, my sister lives 6kms from kadina. the large house in the pics is very similar to hers. she's just had major structural work done on it. it's very old. weather in summer up that way is usually very hot and dry. lovely photos

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  17. I love Kadina. Houses being moved is a thing I first came across when I moved to New Zealand
    The sculptures are interesting

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  18. A fun day! Folk art is definitely art in the eye of the beholder!

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  19. Beautiful area of Australia, Diane. Was this your first trip in that area...

    The Junk Sculpture was interesting... (Better than human protestors ---who need to get out and get a JOB... ha)

    Love the town of Kadina. Beautiful old architecture there....

    Snowing here tonight...Want some????? ha
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  20. Kadina looks like a charming town. I hope you didn't have to follow the house any great distance.

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  21. I think the scrap metal sculptures are interesting. There is a place on the Oregon coast that does something similar with scrap wood and drift wood. You drive looks like fun to me, except maybe for the house in the middle of the road.

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  22. He he. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

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  23. Diane I LOVE coming to visit your blog, I get to see what I have to look forward to! 8 more days til I'm on the plane, 10 until I arrive there. It's getting so close!

    The sculptures are interesting, not that I'd want them on my front lawn, but interesting none-the-less.

    Have a fantastic weekend.

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  24. Hi Diane, I like the scrappy protest sculptures. The town of Kadina does look lovely. And the flowers are gorgeous. Another great trip report and beautiful photos. Have a great weekend!

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  25. Love your photo of Kadina Houses. Spent some time in South Australia a very long time ago, and the distinctive style of the houses is something I really loved.

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  26. South Australia has to be my favourite state for visiting. I was particularly taken by the scrap-metal sculptures.Thankyou for the journey and photographs... I will read on!

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