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Birdsville, 1961- 50 years on !
by Robin Reed
Birdsville Pub 2004
In 1961 I was on a Bureau of Meteorology survey which involved the location and checking of various artesian bores in this region.
I was in Birdsville not long after they struck water in the town.
The bore was about 3800 feet deep when they struck water and it reached the surface at about 209 degrees Fahrenheit.
It was so hot that it was impossible to have a shower as the water was just too hot.
Prior to this, water was pumped some 40 miles, and from memory, the pump broke down just before they struck water.
During my visit, I stayed at the Birdsville hotel which I loved and am planning to re visit later this year which will be 50 years later.
It will be interesting to see what, if any changes have taken place in that time.
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from that trip except one very small photo of the pub, which I don't have with me to upload.
This time, I will be taking lots of photos and if I can, I will get them on here. Cheers .
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