Owen Springs Homestead Ruins - NT

  Historic Site


DEG: -23.980539 133.441742
DMS: 23º 58' 49.94" S 133º 26' 30.27" E
UTM: 53 K 7347052mN 341471mE
Altitude: 573.06m


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Hugh River
Hugh NT 0872
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The old homestead was first built in 1886 but by 1959 was abandoned in favour of the new Owen Springs homestead site. A heritage conservation project was undertaken here in 2011/2012 and the site is definitely worth a look with good information signboards to explain the history. The Owen Springs Reserve was formerly the Owen Springs cattle station - one of the first station homesteads built in Central Australia. The area protected within the Reserve is rich with Northern Territory history. Follow the main access track through the Reserve and you are in the footsteps of the first European explorers to penetrate this region and open it up for white settlement. Mounting an expedition in 1860, John Stuart and his companions William Kekwick and Benjamin Head were making their way northwards along the Hugh River when they discovered a large waterhole that Stuart named Owen Springs. Connecting a route via reliable water sources was vital to the ambition of establishing a north-south route and one of the immediate results of Stuart's explorations was construction of the Overland Telegraph Line. But even before this was completed, the cattlemen were moving in. When the first arrival, William Gilbert, founded the Owen Springs station he set in motion the settlement process.
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Closest Weather Station

Alice Springs Airport at 16/08:00pm CST
Distance from Owen Springs Homestead Ruins 49.9km NE
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Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Owen Springs Homestead Ruins 49.9km NE
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9

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