Old Ghan Railway Line: A Disappointment or a Great Success?
Colonists populating South Australia northwards fought for a railway through the arid heart to connect Adelaide with Darwin. Why? The Adelaide railway stretched to Oodnadatta (1892), to Alice Springs (1929) - then stopped!! Why did disappointed settlers want northern Australia, the 'white elephant', returned to Britain? Afghan cameleers carted to and beyond the line, lifelines linking railway and arid heart. Would the railway, repeatedly thwarted, ever successfully reach Darwin? A panel of narrators illustrate how this railway was a lifeline for many. Participate as a utiliser on the 'Ghan' (why that name?) and share stories.