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The plaque commemorates Goyders Line. Goyder's Line became a National Trust of Australia Heritage Icon in 2003.

Goyder's Line is a boundary line across South Australia corresponding to a rainfall boundary believed to indicate the edge of the area suitable for agriculture. North of Goyder's Line, the rainfall is not reliable enough, and the land is only suitable for grazing and not cropping.

George Woodroffe Goyder was born on 24 June 1826 in Liverpool. He emigrated to New South Wales when he was 22 years of age and soon after came to live in South Australia. His talent as a surveyor led him to be appointed in 1853 to the Colonial Engineers Office , and in 1861 he was appointed Surveyor General.

After a shocking drought in 1864 to 1866, farmers were looking for concessions from the government. In 1865 Goyder set off to determine “the line of demarcation between the portion of the country where the rainfall has extended and that where the drought prevails”.

 

Location

Address:Willowie Road, Morchard Parking Bay, Morchard, 5431
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.73411
Long: 138.536836
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Drought

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1985
Source: MA
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