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The plaque commemorates the opening of Australia`s first public rail line from Goolwa to Port Elliot in May 1854.

South Australia's first railway line between Goolwa and Port Elliot opened on 18 May 1854. It was the first to be laid with iron rails in Australia. It was built for the purpose of moving produce transported down the Murray River to Goolwa and then to Port Elliot for shipment overseas.



Address:Cadell Street, Goolwa Visitor Information Centre, Carriage House, Goolwa, 5214
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.503034
Long: 138.784041
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:18-May-1854
Actual Event End Date:18-May-1854


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 23rd September, 1975
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To commemorate opening

Australia`s first public rail line

Goolwa - Port Elliot

May 18, 1854

Presented to the District by the Victorian Railways, who operate the Melbourne - Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) Line where Australia`s first steam train ran on September 12, 1854

Unveiled by A. G. Gibbs, A. O.
Chairman V. R. Board - September 23, 1975


Source: MA
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