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Day 13 - Friday 18 May 2012

Port Augusta to Cowell

A mainly clear blue sky today with temperatures of 11 to 20 degrees. We were up fairly early today to pack up for a relatively short trip of 180 kms to Cowell. Cowell is located about half way between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln on Franklin Harbour. The Franklin Harbour area was first explored by Matthew Flinders in 1802 in the "Investigator", and the harbour was named after John Franklin who was later to become Sir John Franklin. The area was settled in 1853 with grain, sheep and cattle as the main agricultural activities. Cowell was an important shipping port early last century, and today remains a service centre for the surrounding rural areas, and also hosts a thriving oyster industry. The Cowell Jade deposit is located nearby and is renowned as one of the oldest and largest deposits of jade in the world.

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In 1972 as a New Year's prank a large Black Stump was dragged into the town and placed between the two hotels, with sign proclaiming each to be the Best Pub this side of the Black Stump.

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Posted by TwoAces 01:09

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