My third silo for 26th April 2023, was the Robertstown silo VK-RBN5. Robertstown is located about 133 km north of the city of Adelaide
Above:- Map showing the location of Robertstown. Map c/o Google Maps.
Prior to heading to Robertown, I headed along Curio Road to the little town of Marrabel. This tiny town of only around 200 people is famous throughout Australia for its annual rodeo and bull ride
The area was first surveyed in 1841 following the 1839 Special Survey of the Light River. The South Australian Government sold 4,000 acres to the Special Survey financiers. Tow men, Edward Hawker and Richard Blundell subsequently purchased land from the Special Survey owners. Blundell in turn sold two sections of his land to John Marrabel, who was a butcher in Rundle Street, Adelaide. John Marrabel subsequently subdivided some of his land to create the township of Marrabel in 1858. The town was laid out as a private town in 1859, north of the present town site. Local farmers John and Thomas Penny subdivided the main part of the township to the south of th crossroads in 1866.
The township of Marrabel expanded rapidly and by the mid to late 1860s it comprised a hotel, several churches, a school, two general stores, two blacksmiths, a post office, a steam flour mill, plus many other facilities.
I then headed north along Main Road 45 and across the Tothill Range to the town of Robertstown. The town of Robertstown is named in honour of John Roberts, the first postmaster in the area. He laid out the town in 1871, which was previously known as Emu Flats and Roberts Town.
Above:- John Roberts, for whom Robertstown is named. Image c/o State Library South Australia
There are a number of historic buildings in Robertstown, and there is an information board in the main street describing the buildings and a historic walk that you can undertake.
The Robertown silos are located at the end of Silo Road which runs off Worlds End Highway. Worlds End is a locality with a very unusual name. Rodney Cockburn’s 1908 book ‘South Australia What’s in a name’ states that Worlds End ‘received its bptism in droughty days, when, to ventture beyond that spur of thr Flinders Range, was considered to be courting runination’.
I parked in Silo Road and operated from the 4WD, running the Icom IC7000, 100 watts, and the Coadn 9350 antenna (1.5 m stainless steel whip). It was really pleasing to get a number of park activators in the log and some Silo to SIlo contacts with Alan VK1AO/VK2MET who was activating silos in New South Wales.
Above:- Map showing the activation zone at the Robertstown silo. Image c/o SiOTA website.
I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-
- VI10VKFF (Yarrobil National Park VKFF-0617)
- VK2BYF/p (Yarrobil National Park VKFF-0617)
I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-
- VK4MUD/p (Warrumbungle National Park VKFF-0520)
- VK3AWA/p (Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park VKFF-0747)
- VK2IO/p (SOTA VK2/ CW-017 and Warrumbungle National Park VKFF-0520)
- VK1AO/p (SIOTA VK-TMW2, VK-TMA2, VK-WSH2)
- VK2MET/p (SIOTA VK-TMW2, VK-TMA2, VK-WSH2)
- flickr, 2023, <https://www.flickr.com/photos/82134796@N03/50507666333>, viewed 16th May 2023.
- Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrabel,_South_Australia>, viewed 16th May 2023.
- Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robertstown,_South_Australia>, viewed 16th May 2023.