Walmer silo VK-WLR3

Our next silo for 8th March 2023 was the Walmer silo VK-WLR3, located a few km west of Horsham in western Victoria in the Wimmera region.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Walmer silo. Map c/o Google Maps.

Walmer is an aboriginal word meaning ‘the water of the visitor’.

The Walmer pastoral run was taken up in 1845 by Charles Wilson (b. 1817. d. 1896). The homestead is located on the Natimuk Road, about 5km west of Horsham. Wilson was a native of BallyCloughan, Antrim Ireland. He was a “Local Protector’ under the Central Board for the Protection of the Aborigines established in 1861.

The Colonial Government of Victoria was prompted to establish the Board due to the unjust and unchecked treatment of Aboriginal people. The system relied upon locally appointed ‘protectors’. They provided rations of food and clothing to Aboriginal people in their district and maintained a register of the local Aboriginal population. Wilson was named as an honourary correspondent to the Board in 1861, In 1868 he again served as an honourary correspondent.

Above:- Charles Wilson. Image c/o ancestry.com.au.

In 1860 Robert O’Hara Bourke and William John Wills departed Royal Park in Victoria on their ill-fated expedition of Australia’s interior. In 1861, when they failed to return, a relief expedition discovered what was left of the original expedition. In 1862 another expedition was sent out to bring back the remains of Burke and Wills. They also returned with a number of camels that had accompanied the original expedition. These camels were brought to a pastoral lease at Vectis owned by Alexander Wilson, the brother of Charles.

Not all of the camels which had been imported from Afghanistan and northern India were taken on the ill-fated Burke and Wills Journey. Some remained at Royal Park. In May 1861, another Wilson brother, Sir Samuel Wilson offered the use of one of his paddocks for the camels. His offer was initially declined but subsequently taken up.

Above:- Sir Samuel Wilson. Image co Wikipedia

In September 1862 the first of the camels arrived at the Walmer property of Charles Wilson. They were kept there until his brother Samuel Wilson was ready to take them at his Longerenong property. Essau Khan had accompanied the camels from India, and he was one of the parties who conveyed the camels from Royal Park to the Wilson property at Walmer.

Above:- a sketch of Esau Khan, who accompanied the camels. Image c/o Public Record Office Victoria.

The camels which had been returned from the Burke and Wills expedition now needed a home. In December 1861 seventeen camels arrived at the Wilson property. They were quarantined in a separate paddock by Charles Wilson.

Above:- Walmer Station, the early 1900s. Image c/o Lost Horsham Facebook site.

The silo is located on the corner of Remlaw Road and Vectis Station Road.

We parked directly opposite the silos and operated from the 4WD. We ran the Icom IC-7000, 100 watts, and the Codan 9350 (1.5 metre stainless steel whip).

Above:- the activation zone at the Walmer Silo. Image c/o SiOTA website.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK2HRX/p (SOTA VK2/ CT-043)
  3. VK3UH
  4. VK1AO
  5. VK2MET
  6. VK3APJ

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF
  2. VK2HRX/p (SOTA VK2/ CT-043)
  3. VK3UH
  4. VK1AO
  5. VK2MET
  6. VK3APJ
  7. VK2LEE
  8. VK3UAO

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK2HRX/p (SOTA VK2/ CT-043)
  2. VK2IO
  3. VK2LEE
  4. VK4NH
  5. VK4DXA
  6. VK1AO
  7. VK2MET


  1. Horsham Heritage Study, August 2014.
  2. Mildura and District Genealogical Society, the grapeline, Sept 200, Vol 8. No. 3
  3. Public Record Office Victoria, 2023, <https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/provenance-journal/provenance-2010/what-happened-camels-burke-and-wills#_edn23>, viewed 5th May 2023.
  4. Trove, 2023, <https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/247796002?keyword=walmer%20station>, viewed 5th May 2023.
  5. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Protection_Board>, viewed 5th May 2023.

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