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Inland fromm Whyalla are the Middleback Ranges. The Middlebacks contain large deposits of Hematite and Magnetite for iron production. The current mines are at Iron Duke, Iron Duchess, Iron Knight and Iron Magnet. Previously, mining has occured at Iron Baron, Iron Knob and Iron Monarch. The town of Iron Baron is now abandoned, and OneSteel list the mine as non-operational, although on my last visit there, we saw trucks entering and leaving the site.
This once thriving community had halls and sports facilities dotted all over the country side. This is the Iron Baron “Institute”. Most Australians will know what I mean by this, it’s kind of like a community hall. Nearly every country town has one. Often they were where movies were shown, dances and wedding receptions were held and were also often the town library as well.
The corrugated iron lean-to has fallen down and the windows are smashed. Most of the floor boards are in tact. The nearby tennis courts haven’t been used in many years and are now over grown. It’s hard to believe that once there were hundreds of people living here.
And now onto the weather. This photo was taken lunchtime Monday. I am still (im)patiently waiting for summer to arrive. I hate the long hot summers and just want them over and done with. I have however been enjoying the unseasonally cool weather. Temps have ranged from 22C – 30C. A thunderstorm rolled through on Thursday showering us with 5.2mm (1/5 inch) over the 24 hours and another around lunchtime Saturday giving us another 2mm. That brings our total to 7.2mm (almost 0.3″) for the month. Over half the farmers have finished reaping now, yields are very low. On an average year most will get around 12-15 bags per acre and on a good year, some will get up to 20. The best I have heard of this year was 4bags/acre and that was of average quality. So its not just the amount that is down, but the quality as well, which results in much reduced prices.
Monday 8th Dec. Max Temp: 30C, Min Temp: 10C, Rainfall: 0mm