Sawmills has always been on our to do list – the reason – it was an important stop for steam trains, back in the day, because there were two huge diameter (yes a whopping 62cm) boreholes that supplied water to the trains passing by. These boreholes were of strategic importance and a man was stationed there permanently to maintain them. Rumour has it that he was slight of stature and when it was time to maintain the pumps, he would lower himself down into the borehole to check the casing and water levels. Eeuuw!
Yup – he went down that hole – just took out those four bolts and climbed in! (Lets hope the story is just that…a story!)
Of course now, large amounts of water are no longer required, and Sawmills is merely a mark on the map, next to the railway line.
But alotta people lived here back in the day!
Can’t miss those government houses, can you?
Several geophysical studies have been done in the area to identify why there is so much water at Sawmills. It’s all rather complicated, but the bottom line is that feature that brings the water close to the surface there, isn’t present at the church where we were asked to find water