Thursday, January 6, 2011
OZ Top Spot #5 - Kanyaka Ruins, Flinders Ranges, SA
No, I'm not paraphrasing 'Imagine', writing the manifesto for a great big new mining tax or plotting a new version of 'Monopoly'!
Kanyaka Station ruins in South Australia's Flinders Ranges – and instead of a utopia of natural justice, you'll see the tyranny of equality first hand!
On the sometimes dry, desolate wasteland of the Willochra Plain, the ruins are what's left of a station that in its heyday covered 365 miles² and ran 41,000 sheep. A popular rest stop between Quorn and Hawker on the Blinman mines route, the owners even built the 'Black Jack' hotel nearby to cater for the many travellers demanding hospitality.
So how did this large, magnificent station become a large, magnificent ruin?
You are the government. What do you do? Well, the solution is obvious, isn't it?? You resume the Kanyaka pastoral leases for subdivision into much smaller wheat farms, of course! No, seriously!!
This 'policy' offered a 'solution' to a growing demand for farming land, allowing more settlers a slice of the pastoral action and satisfying critics of a leasehold system that favoured the 'rich'. In short, a mighty victory for equality!
And thus was equality finally achieved!