Some sightseeing, the Wolseley silo VK-WLY5, Wolseley Common, and the trip home.

After leaving the Bordertown East silo we headed to Clayton Farm at Bordertown.

The first Undred of Tatiara was opened for land selection in 1872. One of the first settlers were August and Carl Wiese who took up blocks in the area. August settled on three blocks just to the south of Bordertown and called his farm Clayton.

Clayton Farm features a recently restored and refurbished homestead and a magnificent display of vintage farm machinery, tractors, and vehicles. There are various historic buildings including the silage, pigsty, and the woolshed which is the largest thatched roof woolshed in the southern hemisphere. We had a terrific guide who showed us around the property which took about 3 hours.

I even found some old radios in our travels at Clayton Farm.

We then headed to Wolseley for another silo activation for the Silos On The Air program. This time, the Wolseley silo VK-WLY5.

We struggled to find a quiet RF location near the silo so we drove to the end of Railway Terrace and entered the Wolseley Common Conservation Park, which we had activated on Saturday for the 2021 VKFF Activation Weekend. It was much quieter on the bands to operate from here.

In the SiOTA program, the activation zone is 1 km of the silo, so we were well and truly inside that.

Above:- Activation zone for Wolseley silo.

It was a ‘double-whammy, a silo activation and a park activation.

We spent about 45 minutes at the silo/park and made a total of 34 QSOs on 40m SSB. We had run out of time to try 20m and 80m.

Marija made the following QSOs on 40m SSB;-

  1. VK5ZSH
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK3PI
  4. VK3TV
  5. VK3PF
  6. VK5KLV
  7. VK2VW
  8. VK2HFI
  9. VK2PKT
  10. VK3FIMD

I made the following QSOs on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK5ZSH
  3. VK5KLV
  4. VK3FKL
  5. VK2PKT
  6. VK5WG
  7. VK1DI
  8. VK3FIMD
  9. VK5FANA
  10. VK3JP
  11. VK3VIN
  12. VK3MKE
  13. VK5HS
  14. VK3TV
  15. VK2VW
  16. VK2HFI
  17. VK2YAK
  18. VK4YAK
  19. VK4NH
  20. VK7EE
  21. VK3AWA
  22. VK3IH/m
  23. VK3AMO
  24. VK3CA

We then packed up and headed back into the town of Wolseley. Although we had looked around the town on Saturday, there were still some interesting things to have a look at in this very historic little town.

As we had not found the Shearing Tree over the weekend, we headed back into Bordertown and drove out on the Tatiara Historic Drive. We soon found the tree. The Canawiga Woolshed once stood on the rise across the road from the tree. The shearers would play ‘darts’ with old broken shears by throwing the blades into the tree. A blade pierced the trunk too deeply and it was unable to be retrieved. It remains embedded in the tree today.

We then started our journey home, stopping briefly on the Dukes Highway to view the monument for the ‘Conquest of the Ninety Mile Desert’.

We then stopped at the little town of Culburra, which is an aboriginal word meaning ‘plenty of sand’. The town was once a thriving township with a church, school, railway siding, goods shed and platform, shop, post office, hardware store, engineering workshop, cattle yards. In 1908, 16 petitioners requested that the Commissioner of Railways, create a railway siding at Culburra, as the nearest railway siding was ’18 miles’ away.

In 1910 the railway siding was constructed and was named Dewson. In 1911 the name was changed to avoid confusion with Dawson near Peterborough.

In 1914 the town of Culburra was laid out by Thomas Roberts into 17 allotments.

We then stopped at the tiny town of Ki Ki which is aboriginal for ‘food and water’. The town is best known as the home of the Ki Ki Stone Roller which was used extensively in farming. The Congregational church was built in 1910. In the same year, the Ki Ki Well was dug. The Ki Ki Post office opened in January 1912 and the Ki Ki School in 1913. In 1914 a shop was opened. The school closed in December 1960, with students attending the new Area School at Coomandook.

Our final stop for the trip was Tailem Bend.

We went out for tea at the Riverside Hotel at Tailem Bend, one of our favourite country pubs. And the meal this time did not disapoint.

THANKYOU to everyone who called us whilst we were away for the 4 days. We had a terrific time of amateur radio and sightseeing.


  1. A Compendium of the Place Names of South Australia, 2021, <>, viewed 7th December 2021.
  2. Tatiata Visitor Guide.
  3. Tatiara Council, 2021, <>, viewed 7th December 2021.

2 thoughts on “Some sightseeing, the Wolseley silo VK-WLY5, Wolseley Common, and the trip home.

    • Hi John,

      That is one of my favourite country pubs. We took my Dad there for a meal shortly before he died, and had a great day out.

      The whole weekend was a lot of fun. We have been to Bordertown many times, but always find something different to do and see.


      Paul VK5PAS.

      p.s. Happy Birthday, OBE.

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