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Ostrich farm north of Port Augusta
Title : Ostrich farm north of Port Augusta Ostrich farm north of Port Augusta
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Date of creation : ca. 1888
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 240 x 189 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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An ostrich farm, north of Port Augusta.

A modest project which commenced in 1883 was ostrich farming. The farm was 13km from Port, along the Yorkey Crossing Road. Frank Bignell went into partnership with W Campbell and attracted assistance from the Government which was keen to see ostrich farming commence. Previous Australian attempts to acclimatise the South African birds had been unsuccessful...Capricious fashion dominated the ostrich industry, and the value of pairs of birds fluctuated between £14 and £250. In 1901, persistent drought forced the farm to cease and most of the birds were removed south. From Solid town : the history of Port Augusta by RJ Anderson (p. 120)

Hans Mincham in his book The Story of the Flinders Ranges (p. 154) writes that the farm continued until 1915 when a large number of the birds were moved to Port Noarlunga.

The SA Birding website reports that feral ostriches continue to roam Mount Arden Station north of Port Augusta.
Period : 1884-1913
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Mincham, Hans. The story of the Flinders Ranges, Adelaide : Rigby, 1977
Anderson, R. J. Solid town : the history of Port Augusta, [Port Augusta, S. Aust.] : R.J. Anderson, 1988
The ostrich farm of William Malcolm : extracted from newspapers and other sources / compiled by Julie Evans, [S. Aust.: Julie Evans], 2004.
Tuckwell, C. D., Rice, Steve. The Australian ostrich industry, [Adelaide] : Primary Industries, South Australia, [1993]
Williams, Thomas. Ostriches and ostrich farming in Australia, Adelaide : W.K. Thomas, 1887.
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