Kanyaka Homestead Ruins

Down the road from Yourambulla Caves, we visited the ruins of Kanyaka Homestead. This was the remains of a once-bustling cattle and sheep station that was home to more than 50 people.
Kanyaka Homestead

Kanyaka Homestead sign

In the mid-1800s, many people in South Australia made their living raising cattle and sheep. Some came out to the Flinders Ranges to make a go of it because land was very cheap. One of these cattlemen was Hugh Proby, and he established Kanyaka Station in 1852.

Kanyaka Homestead Ruins

Kanyaka Homestead Ruins

After his sudden death, Kanyaka Station began to grow under its new ownership. It supported an entire community of workers and their families. Because the area was so isolated, the residents at Kanyaka were self-sufficient. They built their homes using rocks from the area because they had limited access to transportation for wood and other supplies. They grew and raised the food that they needed and even had a cemetery for their dead.

Kanyaka Homestead Main House

Kanyaka Homestead Main House

Unfortunately, the Australian landscape was, and continues to be, harsh and unforgiving. The area was extremely dry and susceptible to droughts causing many of their animals to perish. After a while, the residents had to abandon their homes and Kanyaka Station was left in ruins.

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One response to “Kanyaka Homestead Ruins

  1. hemajang

    Interesting how these people were willing to make a go in such harsh conditions. It made me recall this article I read in the Advertiser I think about a year ago of a group of Hawaiian families who made an isolated Mormon settlement in the Utah desert that they named Iosepa. This was in the late 1800’s. Settlement grew to 200 but became a ghost town in the early 1900 when they returned to Hawaii. However, their ancestors have an annual pilgrimage to Iosepa where there remain housing foundations, monuments and a cemetary, which is on the US National Register of Historic Places. I found this in wikipedia…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iosepa,_Utah

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