Shell Hill - SA

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DEG: -34.711159 139.515701
DMS: 34º 42' 40.17" S 139º 30' 56.52" E
UTM: 54 H 6157985mN 364076mE
Altitude: 68m


Place Type

Population - Place Name


87.3kms East of Adelaide - Driving 112 km (1 hour 48 mins)
598.32kms NorthWest of Melbourne - Driving 731 km (8 hours 10 mins)

Address & Contact

Murraylands Road
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Shell Hill was so named because of the deposit of oyster shells, which in some cases were 6 metres thick. The deposit is said to be 5 million years old and is the only one of its type above the surface of the earth in the Southern hemisphere. Shell Hill is between Mannum, Swan Reach and Black Hill close to Wongulla and Punyelroo

A firm called Ellis & Clarke realised the value of the shell as a fertiliser and work commenced in 1931 under the management of Mr. A. Murdoch.

A crushing plant was set up in the gully below which a chute approximately 50 metres long to feed the plant with shells. Four local men were employed and the crushing plant was driven by a kerosene engine. The crusher or disinterator machine had steel blades which turned at great speed. So hard was the shell that the blades had to be changed every eight hours and sent to Adelaide to be rebuilt.

The crushed shell contained a high percentage of lime and was added to soil of clay structure to cause flocculation of particles to enable agricultural pursuits, especially in the hills and northern areas. The late Sir. Thomas Playford used a great quantity for his orchards in the Adelaide Hills.

Shell HillAfter a few years the quarry closed down but reopened again in 1942, once again operated by Mr. A. Murdoch and Mr. L Batten all work was done manually. The coarse pieces were sold to poultry farmers and together with fine lime was transported to Cambrai where it was railed to various places. The plant was closed in 1946.
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Closest Weather Station

Pallamana at 23/09:30pm CST
Distance from Shell Hill 47.3km SW
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Closest Climatic Station

Murray Bridge Comparison
Distance from Shell Hill 51.43km SW
Mean Max. °C29.229.426.723.519.616.716.217.519.922.725.727.6
Mean Min. °C14.614.712.910.
Mean Rain mm16.318.220.528.735.338.435.437.236.633.925.323.8

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