Accommodation

Warnertown Motel and Caravan Park

Warnertown Motel and Caravan Park
WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 86343077

Flinders Rest Hotel

Flinders Rest Hotel
WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 8634 3044

Boat & Yacht Equipment

Woolfwinch

Woolfwinch
Lot 2 Highway 1 WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 8634 3147

Concrete Aggregates

Youngs Metal Supplies

Youngs Metal Supplies
Davis Road WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 8634 3019 . 0407 606 917

Guns & Ammunition

R J & N F Woolford

R J & N F Woolford
WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 8634 3147

Service Stations

Mobil

Mobil
WARNERTOWN . Phone: 08 8634 3062

Warnertown, originally called Government Dam, Napperby, was the site of a watering place for stock and teams coming into Port Pirie and, later, for the railway. Their problems with the station can be read below and on the Napperby page.

Warnertown is now a small township between the hills and Spencer Gulf, conveniently close to all the facilities at Port Pirie; a place to pause at the playground, stay at the motel or buy a gun.

THE NAPPERBY RAILWAY PLATFORM

29th November 1877

TO THE EDITOR.

Sir— I see by the last number of the Government Gazette that the new township lately surveyed and laid out at Government Dam, Napperby, and called 'Warnertown,' is to be sold next month. This notification on the part of the Government is received by expectant purchasers with great acclamation and high glee, after waiting six months for the Government to make up their mind to sell the same.

But judge their surprise when they are coolly informed that the present site or platform of the proposed railway station is to be removed 1½ miles away from the township, and adjacent to private property, where the Government have alienated the land on both sides of the line of railway, so that if the station is removed, as at present anticipated, many intending purchasers in the new township will absolutely refuse to buy allotments or settle down there at all.

Now, Sir, I, on behalf of a large number, of intending purchasers, would ask you to use your powerful influence in urging the Government not to insist on this monstrous iniquity of taking away the one and powerful mainstay of what will be a flourishing and important town — viz., our railway platform.

Not only will it be an injustice and prejudice against intending purchasers, but it will also militate against the settlers, farmers, and others in the neighbour hood, who are all en masse in favour of the present site.

Another and powerful reason for the platform or station remaining where it is, as will be seen by a glance at the plan of the township, is the very close proximity to the Government Dam, which is the only place that water can he procured nearer than Port Pirie or Crystal Brook, either for railway purposes, for the use of those bringing produce to the station, or settlers.

Dams have been made by several farmers in the exact spot of the proposed altered site, and if they fail to hold the precious fluid, so that persons will have to depend wholly and solely on the supply of water from the present dam near the railway platform.

I think if Mr. Mais would kindly consider all those who will be the support of the new town he can, with a little engineering ingenuity, so alter the present gradients leading to the railway platform as to let goods trains in and out as easily as at any other station, and at as little cost to the Government as making and forming a new platform will be.

In conclusion, I would point out that if the Government sell the town with the railway platform as described on the plan, and then remove it entirely out of it, it will simply be obtaining the purchase-money under false pretences. If, on the other hand, the intending purchaser becomes cognizant of the fact of the station being removed, he will hold aloof from bidding at all. With these facts before you you will see, as will also the Government, the unwise policy of carrying out that which we all hope and trust may never be enforced— viz., the removal of the present PLATFORM.

Napperby, November 19, 1877.