Abydos Station

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Abydos Station is located in Western Australia
Abydos Station
Abydos Station
Location in Western Australia

Abydos Station is a pastoral lease and cattle station located between Tom Price and Marble Bar and approximately 126 km South of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The station occupies an area of 248,800 acres (100,686 ha) and in 1946 has 192 miles (309 km) of fencing and the property is divided into 18 paddocks. The property also has 28 wells equippied with mills and a homestead and shearing shed.[1] The Turner River flows through a portion of Abydos and one of the neighbouring properties is Redcliffs Station.

The traditional owners of the area are the Kariyarra peoples who maintain a strong connection with country at Abydos and the nearby Yandeyarra Community.[2]

In 1912 the station was owned by Hall and Hester and was shipping bullocks out of Roebourne.[3]

The rationing officer at the station in 1930 was Frank Leeds, the station was in debt to the tune of 13,000 pounds at the time.[4]

The station is home to a rock formation known as the London Wall or China Wall[5] which is about 100 feet (30 m) wide and 200 yards (183 m), and looks as though it is man-made but is a natural formation of granite tors that have been uplifted. The formation was first reported in 1938.[6]

The State government purchased Abydos and Woodstock stations in 1946. Both were to set up to operate as research stations under the management of the CSIRO, Department of Agriculture and Institute of Agriculture of UWA.[7]

The station suffered some damage in 1947, when a cyclone passed through the area. The shearing shed and the cook's quarters were blown over, and an estimated 10 inches (254 mm) of rain fell.[8]

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  1. ^ "Abydos Station". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 March 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Pilbara Traditional Owners Record Stories for Future Generations". 28 May 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Abydos". The Northern Times (Carnarvon, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 19 October 1912. p. 3. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Coffin Family history" (PDF). 2012-05-15. 
  5. ^ "The "China Wall" of Abydos.". Western Mail (Perth: National Library of Australia). 21 December 1950. p. 87 Edition: The Western Mail Annual Xmas 1950. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Freak Rock Formation.". The Northern Times (Carnarvon, Western Australia: National Library of Australia). 12 January 1938. p. 3. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pastoral Research". Western Mail (Western Australia) (Perth: National Library of Australia). 18 April 1946. p. 4. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Damage in W.A.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 31 December 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 21°24′39″S 118°55′44″E / 21.41083°S 118.92889°E / -21.41083; 118.92889