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Alkali Beds, Dry Creek

Alkali Beds, Dry Creek

Aerial view of Imperial Chemical Industries Alkali Beds - for description from newspaper see B9695/1. The clipping states "Simultaneously with the construction of the salt paddocks at Dry Creek, where salt will be produced from seawater by progressive solar-evaporation, the company is building extensive works on the northern side of the old shipbuilding yards at Osborne, where alkalis will be manufactured from brine made at Dry Creek from salt taken from the sea and pumped under Port River in a pipeline. The works will comprise 22 buildings. During the past two or three months a large part of the big tract of waste land at Osborne has been completely transformed, a new road has been built, the land has been built up and levelled with thousands of tons of filling, and the actual work of laying the foundations is almost ready to be started. Because of the nature of the soil at Osborne, the foundations of the works are of special design and it is expected that it will be between nine months and a year before this stage of the work is completed. The contract for this work, which has been let to Messrs. Essery and Cartledge of Norwood, for about 50,000 pounds includes the laying of about 8,000 cubic yards of reinforced concrete and the driving of 4,400 timber piles, each pile being from 38 to 44 feet in length and more than a ton in weight. The piles, which are of stringy bark, black butt and turpentine pine, have been brought from the Mount Lofty Ranges and from as far afield as New South Wales. So far about 600 piles have been taken to the site of the works, where they are being pointed and tipped ready to be driven into the ground. It is hoped that it will be possible to start pile driving within the next month. For this purpose a pile frame has been constructed and an automatic pile hammer driven by compressed air has been prepared. A large air compressor has been installed on the works to supply the necessary air pressure. Meanwhile excavation work is proceeding and of a total of 20,000 cubic yards to be excavated about 7,000 cubic yards has already been removed. Caterpillar tractors and horse scoops are being used. Each day between 230 and 250 cubic yards of earth are being removed".

Dry Creek

Dry Creek

[General description] There is a small crowd of men at the gates watching the water flowing into the first paddock at Dry Creek. [On back of photograph] 'Alkali Industry begins in South Australia / Works of the Imperial Chemical Industries (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd. at Dry Creek / Photo taken on December 3rd, 1936 when the first two paddocks were flooded with salt water, pumped at the rate of 8,500 gallons a minute / 27 paddocks to be flooded / Photo shows water pouring into the first paddock / Reproduced in Chronicle for December 17, 1936'.

Hotel, Dry Creek

Hotel, Dry Creek

Cross Keys Inn. Dry Creek.

Meeting of the Adelaide Hounds at Dry Creek, Northern Road

Meeting of the Adelaide Hounds at Dry Creek, Northern Road

A Hunt meet at Dry Creek, near Adelaide, 1845: reproduced from a watercolour by S. T. Gill. This illustration shows Hill's Dry Creek Inn. The watercolour on paper is currently located in the Mitchell Building at the University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus.

Powder Magazine, Dry Creek

Powder Magazine, Dry Creek

[General description] The Powder Magazine at Dry Creek is set in a desolate landscape. There were 10 specially designed buildings each capable of storing 30 tonnes of explosives laid out in a line with an earthern bank on three sides of each one to absorb and contain any accidental explosion. At that time the magazine was used to store explosives for quarrying, construction and mining.

Alkali Beds, Dry Creek

Alkali Beds, Dry Creek

Alkali Beds, Dry Creek - Description of B9695.

Aerial photographs of the city of Port Adelaide Enfield : Dry Creek

Aerial photographs of the city of Port Adelaide Enfield : Dry Creek

Aerial views of Dry Creek, in the city of Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia, including views of salt pans, Garden Island, and Torrens Island.

Aerial photographs of the city of Salisbury : Dry Creek

Aerial photographs of the city of Salisbury : Dry Creek

Aerial views of Dry Creek in the city of Salisbury, South Australia, including views of salt pans, Torrens Island, Little Para River, and mangroves.

Flooded Dry Creek

Flooded Dry Creek

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood in 1908.

Flooded Dry Creek

Flooded Dry Creek

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood in 1908.

Flooded Dry Creek

Flooded Dry Creek

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood in 1908.

Hotel, Dry Creek

Hotel, Dry Creek

Cavan Arms Hotel.

Hotel, Dry Creek

Hotel, Dry Creek

Cross Keys Hotel.

Hounds at Dry Creek

Hounds at Dry Creek

Adelaide Hounds at Dry Creek.

Government sheds containing explosive material

Government sheds containing explosive material

DRY CREEK: Government sheds containing explosive material, thought to be at Dry Creek; note the mounds of soil which were erected as buffers in the event of an explosion.

Staff accommodation at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Staff accommodation at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Staff accommodation at the new premises of Dry Creek powder magazine site.

Caretaker's house at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Caretaker's house at Dry Creek powder magazine site

The caretaker's house at Dry Creek powder magazine site in South Australia.

Distant view of Dry Creek powder magazine site

Distant view of Dry Creek powder magazine site

Distant view of Dry Creek powder magazine site in South Australia.

Standing guard at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Standing guard at Dry Creek powder magazine site

A soldier stands guard at the new premises of Dry Creek powder magazine site.

Dry Creek powder magazine site

Dry Creek powder magazine site

Partial view of new premises at the Dry Creek powder magazine site.

Staff accommodation at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Staff accommodation at Dry Creek powder magazine site

Staff accommodation at the new premises of Dry Creek powder magazine site.

Premises of the old Dry Creek powder magazine

Premises of the old Dry Creek powder magazine

The premises of the old Dry Creek powder magazine, South Australia.

Stock-yards at Dry Creek

Stock-yards at Dry Creek

Distant view of a factory building and stock-yards at Dry Creek in South Australia, described by Searcy as being the 'Produce Department'.

Premises of the Government preserving works at Dry Creek

Premises of the Government preserving works at Dry Creek

Premises of the Government Preserving Works at Dry Creek.

Powder magazines at Dry Creek

Powder magazines at Dry Creek

Powder magazines at Dry Creek: view 2.

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood

Buildings and powder magazines at Dry Creek during a severe flood in 1908.

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting at Dry Creek, taken from Port Wakefield Road.

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting at Dry Creek, taken from Port Wakefield Road.

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting

Salt harvesting at Dry Creek, taken from Port Wakefield Road.

Dry Creek

Dry Creek

Locomotive Engine No. 114 Class Q.