Strangways Springs was one of the earliest pastoral leases in the area. The
owners were also one of the first to learn the harsh realities of drought, when
from 1864 to 1866, some 6,000 sheep were to die, two-thirds of the stock.
Throughout the district, some 30,000 animals perished from the drought.
Strangways Springs Overland Telegraph Station
Strangways Springs is a nationally significant heritage site. It is the
location of the Strangways Springs Overland Telegraph Station, an essential link
in the Overland Telegraph constructed between Adelaide and the north coast of
Australia, in 1870-72.
The Overland Telegraph connected with cables to Europe, enabling rapid
communication between southern Australia and Britain. The Strangways complex is
one of a number of repeater stations established at about 300 km intervals to
re-transmit the telegraphic signal.
The Strangways site was chosen because of the water supply available from the
natural springs (mound springs) in the area. These and many other mound springs
in the Marree-Oodnadatta region played a vital role in the early exploration of
the Far North and greatly influenced the location of both the Overland Telegraph
and the Central Australian Railway.
The Strangways Station employed six men and was an important stop-over point
for overland travellers. It operated until September 1896, when nearby William
Creek on the newly constructed Central Australian Railway took over its
services. Subsequently, the buildings fell into disrepair.
The South Australian Government plans to stabilise the ruins and to provide
overall protection for this outstanding heritage site. In the meantime, visitors
are urged to treat the area with care and respect.
Source: Department of Environment and Planning, 1988 signage
Erected with funds provided by participants in the
Victorian CAE Simpson Desert tour 1987 & Escorted Outback Tours of Nhill,
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