Elliston Local Customs

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    DRYSTONE WALLING

    by balhannah Written Jun 17, 2012

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    Around many of the paddocks in Elliston and surrounds, you will see drystone walling.
    There were plenty of rocks around this area and there still is, so this form of fencing was used.

    It is believed to date back to the 1850's, and was used as a cheap and convenient way of fencing. The workers were paid 10 shillings per chain of fence they made per day, a good worker could do 2 chains in a day. To build the fence, they had to fit the rocks into each other so they would stand alone, no concrete needed to hold the fence together. Many were made out of the limestone, and in some old towns, I have actually seen houses built in this way, and they are still standing today!

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    LIMESTONE PADDOCKS

    by balhannah Written Jun 17, 2012

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    As we were heading to Port Lincoln along the highway, we saw many, many paddocks covered in white stones, so thick, that they looked like snow in places.
    No snow here, only nuisance rocks!

    Years ago when the first settlers started farming, they cleared the paddocks of everything. The limestone rocks came to the top of the ground and rendered a lot of the ground useless, nothing would grow, and because it was so thick, there wasn't much room inbetween for grass and stock to feed.
    Farmers began the hardwork of collecting the stones and putting them in piles, then they worked the ground and more limestone rocks came to the surface, it was a never ending heart-breaking process!

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    PAINTED TOILETS!

    by balhannah Written Jun 12, 2012

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    Toilets, usually nothing special about them, but here in Elliston there was. Each Toilet Block was completely painted with a mural. What a nice idea, certainly makes them more attractive to look at!

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