Farina

cradokaone

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Located about 600 kilometres north of Adelaide, the tiny dusty town used to be a bustling railway hub.
Railway made its way to Farina in 1882 and from then on, stock was transhipped to the southern areas of the country and supplies were delivered to outlying stations in the north.
Originally called The Gums or Government Gums, Farina was settled in 1878 by optimistic farmers hoping that rain follows the plough. The town was the railhead for a time until 1884 before the railway was extended to Marree. During the wet years of the 1880s, plans were laid out for a town with 432 ¼-acre blocks. It was believed that it would be good for growing wheat and barley, however normal rainfall is nowhere near enough to grow these crops. Several silver and copper mines were dug in the surrounding area.
Farina grew to reach a peak population of approximately 600 in the late 1800s. In its heyday, the town had two hotels (the Transcontinental and the Exchange) and an underground bakery, a bank, two breweries, a general store, an Anglican church, five blacksmiths, a school and a brothel. In 1909, 1,143 kilograms (2,520 lb) iron meteorite was discovered north-east of the town.
Today nothing but stone ruins and the elevated railway water tank remain of the township. The post office closed in the 1960s and the railway line closed in the 1980s.
The town is no longer inhabited, with the closest residents now living at Farina station, visible to the west of the town. A bush camping area is maintained by the owners of Farina station.
In 2008 The Farina Restoration Group was formed, and annually since, the volunteers have spent up to 8 weeks in May/June continuing the restorative work.


 

smitty_r51

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Yeah we enjoyed farina when we came through but it was busy, and they were tarmacing the highway in when we left sothere are probably even more people going up now
 

Rags90mod

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Was looking through my photos for potential calendar pics and found this one of the building the Farina Restoration Group have just about finished now back in July 2017
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They've certainly done a good job
 

ipch

Member
Was there last week. Sad to say that the new building is completely out of place and out of character for the old town of Farina.
 

ipch

Member
It is shiny.... time will fix that hehe
The theme of the town is local stone just like the new entrance, and any building in Farina should continue to be built out of stone to continue the heritage. May be one day it will stone faced but at the moment it looks ugly.
 

Albynsw

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The theme of the town is local stone just like the new entrance, and any building in Farina should continue to be built out of stone to continue the heritage. May be one day it will stone faced but at the moment it looks ugly.

The theme of the town now is local stone because that is all that is left. All the corrugated iron structures and houses that were originally there are gone. If you go for a walk out to the east of town where all the houses were you can still see the remnants of iron sheets etc laying around
 

ipch

Member
The theme of the town now is local stone because that is all that is left. All the corrugated iron structures and houses that were originally there are gone. If you go for a walk out to the east of town where all the houses were you can still see the remnants of iron sheets etc laying around
Its amazing how far the roof off a building will blow in the wind.
 
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