"Yarrabah's" Whim?

At an old A.A.Co. 6 feet X 8 feet slabbed well on the property 'Yarrabah', there is scatched into an old galvo tank, the following,

"a horse walks 12 and 1/2 miles
to fill this tank with the twin
112 litre for each bucket
192 buckets"

It just so happens that 112 litres equals 25 gallons. Perhaps the shepherd was European, and used litres instead of gallons? As they were twin buckets, equals 50 gallons. Times 192 buckets equals almost ten thousand gallons, which was the size of the tank.

There is still some remnants of the wooden structure left at the site, although it was demolished decades ago when replaced with the windmill.

It's possible there was a horse drawn whim, similar to this?


"Equipping a pastoral property.

Warrah, 1861-1875."

By J. R. Robertson.

At the beginning of theĀ 1860's on the "Warrah estate" only a small number of wells had been provided with a horse-drawn whim, a device whereby water was brought to the surface through the agency of a horse driven on a circular track around the well. In the majority of cases the water was hauled up by a man employing a windlass. Between 1867 and 1874 six wells were fitted with whims.

Whims were used on Warrah station, and this is a photo of sheep drinking on Warrah in the 1800's. A whim can be seen to the right.

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Paul Finlay | Reply 21.09.2015 13:19

Very interesting about the whim. I have a photo of my grand uncle, Rupert Cronin, leading the horse working the whim at Thorntonia , Camooweal in the 1920's

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25.09 | 09:36

Absolutely delighted to come across a part of my direct ancestors history about which I knew very little and shall endeavour to find out more
Thank you Prof. A.

23.09 | 22:23

Very interesting Kelaher family history. Impressive number of trained nursing sisters. Jack lent the Copelands a cream horse, Playboy, in 1950's, ridden by Kate

09.09 | 17:58

Wonderfully informative. Thank goodness for Jane and John Atchison's work

06.09 | 14:33

I am Jack Kelaher and I am proud of my pop, dad and ancestors.

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