GLADSTONE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
A Wheatbelt service town, it was once a major railway head. It boasts the largest grain silos in South Australia. Train spotters come to Gladstone to see one of the wonders of the railway world. It is here that three railway gauges - narrow (3'6"), standard (4'8.5") and broad (5'3") - all meet. At the railway yards it is possible to see the three gauges beside each other as well as one of the world's few junction points of 3 gauges integrated together in a single siding.
Location: 209 km north of Adelaide; 21 km north east of Crystal Brook.
Origin of name: honours William Gladstone, the British Prime Minister when the town was established in 1871.
Brief history: the first settlers in the areas established the 'Booyoolie' (sometimes spelt 'Booyoolee') Run' in 1851. The town was surveyed some distance from Booyoolie and gazetted in 1871. The railway, built to ship the area's grain to Port Pirie, came to Gladstone in 1877. The towns of Booyoolee and Gladstone were joined and adopted the name Gladstone in the 1940s.
Heritage features: Gladstone Gaol (1879-81. During World War II it was used as an internment camp for Italians and Germans); The Commercial Hotel (1878)