Shell Hill Turn Off - SA

  Junction,Intersection,Turn Off


DEG: -34.714211 139.517197
DMS: 34º 42' 51.16" S 139º 31' 1.91" E
UTM: 54 H 6157648mN 364218mE
Altitude: 81m


Place Type

Infrastructure - Junction,Intersection,Turn Off


87.34kms East of Adelaide - Driving 112 km (1 hour 43 mins)
598.01kms NorthWest of Melbourne - Driving 729 km (8 hours 3 mins)

Address & Contact

Murraylands Road
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


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 17/12:30pm CST
Distance from Shell Hill Turn Off 47.09km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Murray Bridge Comparison
Distance from Shell Hill Turn Off 51.19km 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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