Robe - coming out of the closet!
Historic Robe, the town named after a Governor of whom it was once said, ".....there was never a man who worked so hard to make himself unpopular".
Situated 338 km south east of Adelaide on Guichen Bay (named after Admiral de Guichen), it's one of those resort and fishing towns that have clung to survival, always having enough to sustain it but without any rapid expansion happening or about to happen. Located in the heart of the aptly named Limestone Coast it has a dramatic rocky, windswept coastline until the point is rounded and then it becomes the more serene, 17km wide Long Beach. It is notable for its very sophisticated and charming town centre and is one of the most attractive historic towns in South Australia.
The following is and extract from the Sydney Morning Herald-
"In the 1840s and 1850s the majority of people travelling to Robe arrived by sailing vessel, bullock wagon or horseback. After 8 weeks at sea from London the site of Guichen Bay marked by the obelisk must have been a welcome sight for the ship's passengers, as also it was to the many bullockies from across the border and from the north who had to travel for weeks on end averaging only 10-15 km per day. In the late 1840s substantial numbers of Irish and Scottish immigrants reached the port.
The 8 hotels in the area would have seen some of the great horsemen of the day as regular customers exchanging exciting tales with each other and with the squatters and merchants of the south east.
In 1857 the town gained widespread infamy when Chinese gold miners, trying to avoid the taxes imposed at Victorian ports landed at Robe and walked across to the Victorian goldfields. In that year some 20,000 Chinese miners landed at Robe. One vessel, the Young American, reputedly carried over 1,000 passengers. The reason was simple. Victoria were charging £10 per person for entry to the state. This was more than the Chinese were paying for their sea voyage to Australia.
Not surprisingly this meant that the port had many ships eager to find cargoes once they had dropped their cargoes of Chinese miners. In the 1850s the area was providing the British Army in India with horses and the products of the local sheep industry - tallow, wool and hides - were being shipped to Europe. Until the establishment of proper jetties the bullock drays would come down the main road to the Royal Circus and simply continue on down the beach and into the water where there produce would be collected by shallow-bottomed boats which would carry them out to the waiting ships.
The importance of Robe as a major South Australian port declined after a peak of prosperity in 1864 until it became used mainly as a fishing port."
The only thing strange is the millipedes. They don't have thousands or millions of them, they have trillions! They're such a nuisance that council has to continually spray for them. Since they're an imported pest they apparently have no natural enemies