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Middleback Station – End of an era

After more than five years of uncertainty and negotiations the Federal Government (Department of Defence)is compulsorily acquiring four of the working stations around Whyalla for the Army. These lands will be added to the Cultana Training Area, primarily for training with their new tanks.

The Nicolson family have been given six months to pack up and leave, after five generations of their family have worked these lands since 1905. The last shear was held on Middleback Station in March, the property is being destocked and the pack up is happening.

Middleback Station is only 20kms from Whyalla and with a group of others we went, with permission, to try and capture some final shots of the property and history.

The following are some of my favourites and I hope they do the property justice.

The view from the dam.

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Last fleece at Middleback

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Shearers’ quarters.

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The holding yards.

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The Bedford.

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4 Responses

  1. As usual, stunning photos Andrew, if I could pass a critique on the blog, the text would be easier to read if it was darker or change of background colour.

    July 2, 2013 at 09:29

  2. Trevor Scroop

    A shameful turn of events.
    Great photos and I hope you have got many more pictures to show before they start blowing everything up.

    July 2, 2013 at 09:47

  3. Steve Hinder

    Thank you for the memories Andrew, great shots mate…
    As a young fella of 19 yrs old, i spent 4 years back and forth to middleback Station, this was from 1974. I use to go out with the station hands (Ron & Lillian Hocking) Lil’s Daughter. Use to have great times there…Sad to see how it has ended up..
    Steve

    September 18, 2013 at 13:19

  4. beverley dunham

    Hi Mr Nicolson

    The photos are lovely. Thank you to the Nicolson family for the happy memories of Youth Camps (Methodist Church – Rev Harrison’s era) at the shearers quarters.

    My husband and I were able to attend the auction sale which gave us a great opportunity to revisit one of our favourite places.

    Growing up in Whyalla gave me wonderful memories of camps, rambling around looking for mushrooms, rabbiting with my parents,
    collecting wood and chop picnics. Thank you for tolerating all our visits over the years.

    It is certainly a sad time, the end of an era, lost forever. We wish you all the best in your new endeavours wherever they may be.

    Sincerely

    Bev Dunham (nee George)

    December 4, 2013 at 10:10

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