Tailem Bend Rail-Line

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© Christopher J Chalk
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Tailem Bend is a town on the Murray River in South Australia.

Tailem Bend is a version of the aboriginal name “tailem” which was used for the area. The word means “bend” and is associated with the sharp bend that the Murray River makes in this location.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Murray River, Tailem Bend was proclaimed in 1887 and became a major railway town with lines servicing the Murray-Mallee area.

Prior to European settlement the area was inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri people. They made bark and reed canoes, and lived on the fish and animals residing beside the river.

Following Captain Charles Sturt, the whole area along the Murray was opened up by overlanders who moved sheep and cattle across the land. By the 1840s there was a ferry across the Murray River at Wellington which meant that the more difficult terrain, particularly the high cliffs, around Tailem Bend were overlooked in the development of the river bank.

The town's real roots lie in the railway. It is essentially a railway town - created when the railway came through the area in 1886. It’s unique curved railline structure maintains it's formation with the bend in the river.

17 responses

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2011):

    very Beautiful shot. Excellent Chris!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk said (24 May 2011):

    Thankyou for the Spotlight Yasmina.....xoxo

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2011):

    Lovely shot!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (24 May 2011):

    Fab..I love it!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (24 May 2011):

    This is an amazing shot Chris!!! I love those lines!! Are you home yet? Did you get your nurse wish? LOL.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (24 May 2011):

    Great shot, especially with that curve reaching out to the horizon. Good shooting, Chris.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (24 May 2011):

    I agree with everybody!! This is a great composition.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (25 May 2011):

    You could not have composed this any better than you did. Quite a shot.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2011):

    Fabulous once again!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (25 May 2011):

    Wonderful POV! Fabulous composition!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 May 2011):

    Nothing like the clickity clack of a steam train to rock you into dreamland. A really great composition. Such an invitation to travel on the railways. On the Bucket List.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (26 May 2011):

    i love the sweep of this

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (26 May 2011):

    Completely agree with Sir Richard!!! Perfect shot!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 May 2011):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 May 2011):

    Great POV!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (31 May 2011):

    Great POV!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    Another wonderful perspective. I love that POV. R

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