Pumping no more

@JudyEv (134905)
Bunbury, Australia
January 3, 2017 6:32pm CST
This water-wheel was built of timber in 1895 to supply water to the builders of the Leeuwin lighthouse situated in Western Australia on the most south-westerly point on the mainland of Australia. Later the wheel supplied water to the lighthouse keepers' cottages. The cottages were built of limestone from a nearby quarry. A natural spring located near the adjacent wetlands was utilised to sent water along a wooden flume or trough. This caused the wheel to revolve and activated a ram pump which piped water to the lighthouse. It delivered roughly a litre at every stroke and operated 24 hours a day. Over the years the water in the spring has dropped considerably. An electric motor now pumps water to the wheel to keep it moist and prevent it from drying out and cracking. The wheel itself has long stopped turning and is now encrusted in calcified lime. When I was a child and we visited the area, the wheel was still turning. It hasn't turned for many years now but is an iconic landmark of the area.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
4 Jan 17
It does look like a striking landmark, and it's good that measures are being taken to ensure that it doesn't disintegrate'
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's amazing that it has become so 'petrified'.
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@teamfreak16 (41519)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 Jan 17
That's really cool. Great photo!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's a long way to the lighthouse. I should think it would have been quite an engineering feat in its day.
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@rebelann (42841)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Jan 17
I've never seen anything like this before, it's totally awesome
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It was nice when the wheel was still turning too. It would creak and groan but just keep on turning.
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@rebelann (42841)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Jan 17
That reminds me of a song by Credence Clearwater Revival @JudyEv or was it Tina Turner .... well one of them anyway
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
@rebelann There's a line a bit similar in Proud Mary. It's a CCR song but maybe Tina Turner did it as well.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Jan 17
going to say, I cant see that having turned in some time
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jan 17
It's been a few years now. It's 60+ years since I was a child.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Jan 17
@JudyEv oops, called you old! hehehe
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 17
@Jessicalynnt Did you? I thought you were talking to somewhere else. :)
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 17
It's too bad it now longer operates. Very nice picture, very colorful.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It is a shame that it has calcified but it is very pretty as it is.
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yes it is very pretty.
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@allknowing (69510)
• India
4 Jan 17
It looks like a fall of flowers - worth preserving.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's quite pretty really isn't it?
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@allknowing (69510)
• India
4 Jan 17
@JudyEv It deserves to be preserved.
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@MarymargII (10567)
• Toronto, Ontario
4 Jan 17
I hate to see landmarks that are part of many people's memories go dormant- I love to see them going as strong as they were- perhaps the spring will rise again although it doesn't seem likely unless you receive a heck of a lot of rain!
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 17
I don't think this can ever recover but at least it is still there if somewhat solidified.
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@MarymargII (10567)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yes, makes a great landmark and a good memory!
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
4 Jan 17
The photo is beautiful and it's a great landmark that tells about the place's culture.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It is nice when 'old' things like this are preserved.
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
4 Jan 17
@JudyEv Yeah, i like going to places where i could see old things like this that has a lot of story behind it.
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@Inlemay (17042)
• South Africa
6 Jan 17
ahhh the age of invention and the beginning of time
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Jan 17
Yes, something like that.
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• United States
4 Jan 17
Whoa, that is beautiful! I remember a water wheel near where I lived as a child and last I saw, it was still turning.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's like ancient wisdom. Just water falling on a wheel and it slowly turns.
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@FayeHazel (20079)
• United States
4 Jan 17
Totally beautiful. Thanks for sharing
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
• Philippines
4 Jan 17
They should find a way to preserve the wood. That is something worth to visit something that was built more than a hundred years ago.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 17
Yes, there isn't much in Australia that is really ancient so it's important to keep what we can.
@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
4 Jan 17
It's very old landmark. Interesting.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
The colours are nice aren't they?
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@xFiacre (5225)
• Ireland
4 Jan 17
@judyev Vince's intriguing photo would be quite baffling without Judy's explanation.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
Yes, I suppose it would. :)
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@Kandae11 (40368)
4 Jan 17
I love the colors.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It is colourful, isn't it?
@JohnRoberts (63286)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Jan 17
That is neat and I like the "stained" colors on the rock.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
The colours are quite striking, aren't they?
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@Gillygirl (17372)
• Sutton, England
4 Jan 17
It is part of history and indeed an iconic landmark. There is a similar water wheel not far from where I live it doesn't work now but has been well preserved.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It's nice when these things are preserved for future generations to see.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
4 Jan 17
Very cool landmark and a great piece of history. It is great that you got to see it when it was a working water wheel.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
We have been lucky to have seen a few things and been a few places that were once a bit 'wild' and uncivilised but now cater for the tourist market. Often the charm disappears in these cases.
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@Tricia53 (90)
• Bellevue, Nebraska
4 Jan 17
I love little bits of history like that. It is amazing how well it has kept
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It hasn't done badly, has it? Now it has calcified perhaps it will last for ever - more or less. :)
@TRBRocks420 (82917)
• Banks, Oregon
4 Jan 17
That is a very cool land mark there a piece of history.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
It is certainly a relic of West Australia's very early history.