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Native well at Port Rickaby
Title : Native well at Port Rickaby Native well at Port Rickaby
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Creator : Quinn, W. L., photographer
Place Of Creation : Port Rickaby
Date of creation : 1984
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 88 mm x 131 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Native well on beach at Port Rickaby

Water was an issue on Yorke Peninsula: the first men to explore and survey it, Robert Cock in 1839 and later William Robinson in 1843 reported there were no rivers or other surface water available only native wells and soaks. The Peninsula presented other problems for the searchers for water as the soil particularly in the south was not suitable for the building of dams.

The Aboriginal people had also to cope with this problem, but with their smaller population and most significantly without the large flocks and herds of sheep and cattle of the settlers their demands on the water supply were much less. As Cock and Robinson had reported the Aboriginal people used wells which provided sufficient water for their small family groups. They were also free to move to other water as the availability of the wells changed with the seasons. Wells in coastal sandhills also fluctuated with the tide, but the fresh water always lay above the salt because of its lower density.

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Coverage year : 1984
Period : 1980-2000
Place : Port Rickaby
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Carmichael, Ern, The ill-shaped leg : a story of the development of Yorke Peninsula Fullarton, S. Aust., 1973

Parsons, Allan, Yorke Peninsula ... a resident's views , Yorketown, S. Aust. : A. Parsons, 1987

Cook, Diana The striding years: a history of the Minlaton District Council area Minlaton, S. Aust.?: Minlaton District Council?], 1980, t.p. 1975 Chapter 6 Water

Internet links :
Port Rickaby - SA Tourism website



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