Tarranginnie silo VK-TRE3

After leaving Diapur, we drove a short distance along the Nhill-Diapur Road and soon reached the Tarranginnie silo VK-TRE3.

Above:- Map showing the location of Tarranginnie. Map c/o Google maps.

Tarranginne is a rural district about 12 kilometres west of the town of Nhill. It is believed that Tarranginnie is an aboriginal word describing a man with sore feet. European settlement of the Tarranginnie area commenced in the 1870s with wheat-growing areas opened up for farming. In 1870 the Tarranginnie school was opened. By the 1880s there were four schools that carried the name Tarranginnie with a suffix to indicate their direction on the compass. Tarranginnie was located on the railway line from Serviceton to Adelaide which was completed in 1887. By 1890 the town of Tarranginnie was surveyed.

Above:- Department of Crown Lands & Survey document, 1890. Image c.o State Library Victoria.

By 1948 the Tarranginnie schools had closed with students from the area being bussed to Nhill for their schooling.

The Australian pet, John Shaw Neilson, attended the Tarranginnie East School between 1885 – 1886.

Above:- Show Shaw Neilson. Image c/o Wikipedia.

You can find a memorial cairn at Tarranginnie to commemorate the Tarranginnie State School which closed in 1948.

The wheat silos at Tarranginnie were constructed in 1939.

We pulled up right alongside the silo and operated from the 4WD, running the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the Codan 9350 antenna. We found band conditions to be extremely poor.

Above:- the activation zone at the Tarranginnie silo. Image c/o SiOTA website.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK5CZ
  4. VK2MOP

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK5FANA
  3. VK5CZ
  4. VK2MOP
  5. VK3SQ
  6. VK7JFD
  7. VK7HBR

Feeling very disappointed with band conditions, we left with just 11 stations in the log, and headed into the town of Nhill.


  1. Victorian Places, 2023, <https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/tarranginnie>, viewed 23rd March 2023.
  2. Wimmera Way back when, 2023, <http://wimmera-w-b-w.blogspot.com/2012/12/>, viewed 23rd March 2023.