The Tatiara District

The first stop on the way down was at Keith for morning tea and a tour of the town led by a National Trust member to see some of the conditions experienced by pioneers. Then lunch at the Willalooka Tavern followed by a drive along the gold escort route visiting Buckingham, Cannawigra Station and Poocher’s Swamp. We then had a tour of Bordertown and learnt about the importance of the gold escorting led by Alexander Tolmer from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide. We also saw the house where bob Hawke was born in 1924. The overnight stop was at the Bordertown Motel with dinner at Mundulla Hotel which was built in 1875. Lynette Staude who spoke to us in May met us here and spoke to us again. On Sunday we went to the Heritage Clayton Farm which is now the home of the Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum and then to Nalung Homestead which was one of the original pastoral holdings in the district. Morning tea was at the Teatrick Lavender Farm but the tour had to be cancelled because of rain. Then on to Serviceton to see the old railway station which was closed in 1986 but is being preserved for its history. After lunch at Bordertown we toured Mundulla and local red gum country before going to Padthaway for afternoon tea and wine tasting and then back to Burnside. Researched and led by Elaine Smyth, Colin Harris and Deane Dinning (all of the Burnside Historical Society).