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Continuing south along the east coast of Eyre Peninsula we come to Whyalla, once South Australias largest provincial city. It is the home of a BHP (now OneSteel) Iron smelter and was also home to one of Australia’s shipyards. The shipyards closed in the late 1970’s decimating the population of the town. The smelters are still functioning and iron ore is brought by train and truck from the various mines in the Middleback ranges.
As an industrial town, Whyalla played an important role during WW2 building naval ships and shells. But the local men also played their part in the theatre of war.
From memory, all the names on this plaque are now street names in Whyalla.
And now onto the weather. This photo was taken Monday afternoon. Even though it was the first day of summer, it was mostly overcast today. The weather bureau is predicting thunderstorms later in the week. Officially we have had 0.4mm of rain during the past week. (I don’t remember seeing it – but then again 0.4mm is 16/1000 of an inch, so I don’t think it really counts). The weather has been warming up with temps now ranging from 23C to 30C during the last week and the forecast for the next week much the same.
Monday 1st Dec. Max Temp: 4C, Min Temp: 8C, Rainfall: 0mm