Salt Creek, South Australia
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Oil drill monument
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Oil rig monument
In 1892, a group of entrepreneurs, who believed there was oil located in the Coorong, drilled Australia's first oil well. They were unsuccessful, as it was later discovered that the 'oil' was in fact a flammable, compacted vegetable substance (known as 'coorongite'). A replica of the oil rig has been built as a monument to this enterprise. References in literature The novel "Salt Creek" by Lucy Treloar is set in the Coorong at Salt Creek in the 1850s and 1860s, and includes references to the "Travellers' Rest" Inn, and to William & Catherine Robinson, the proprietors, and to Malachi Martin, and the murder/s committed by Martin.
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