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.

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  • Bookings required

  • Companion card accepted
  • Wheelchair access

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Dates and times

Sat 26 May, 1.30-4.30pm

Venue or tour starting point *

South-West Community Centre, 171 Sturt St, Adelaide


Per Person: $8.00
Concession: $5.00


Bookings essential


Pamela Rajkowski
0400 810 196
pamraj [at] bigpond.com

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Accessibility information

Free parking in adjacent local streets. Bus G10 stops next to the South-West Community Centre. The free City Connector bus stops nearby.