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03-April-2018 (Arthur Garland)
03-April-2018 (Arthur Garland)

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The plaques commemorate 100 years since the first public water bore began operations in Karoonda.



Address:Railway Terrace, Karoonda, 5307
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.094861
Long: 139.896361
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:February-1911
Approx. Event End Date:February-2011


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 1st April, 2011
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This plaque commemorates 100 years since the first Public Bore at Karoonda began operations in 1911.

The plaque was unveiled by John Clarke, grandson of Thomas Clarke who was an employee of the Engineer-in-Chief`s Department responsible
for the maintenance of the bore, windmill and pump.

The bore was drilled soon after the route of the railway line was finalised. This water supply enabled the commencement of pioneer farming within the area. Residents had access to this water. The bore was equipped with a windmill, two elevated tanks and a trough. Tanks on wagons could be filled direct from the elevated tanks.  Sheep, cattle and horses were watered from the trough.

This bore was 56.08 metres in depth, with a standing water level of 45.72 metres and a yield of 2,052 litres per hour.

The bore site was situated at the western end of the Karoonda oval, being 494 metres due west of this point
(GPS Co-ordinates 35º 05` 42,9" S, 139º 53` 27.4"E). 


Source: MA
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