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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Murphy's Haystacks, South Australia

Somewhere between 1902 and 1914 a Scottish agricultural expert was travelling in a mail coach and looked out and saw these huge rocks in the distance and mistook them for haystacks. Because the landowner's name at the time was Murphy, they became Murphy's Haystacks.

The current land owner, Denis Cash has graciously allowed hundreds of visitors access to his property to see these interesting rocks. He writes:

"When my Grandfather Denis Murphy made his selection of land in 1889 it is more than likely that an outcrop of rocks were not given much consideration, having left his family and his beloved Ireland behind in a state of famine. To provide the essentials of food, water and shelter would have been foremost in his mind.From early photographs it is obvious that these rocks were soon to be regarded as something really special. Picnics with family and friends at what became known as “Murphys Haystacks” were common. Every visitor to the farm had to see The Haystacks.

One hundred years later The Haystacks had become so popular that we decided to make entry more accessible. My family has been privileged to have had the opportunity to meet some of the many visitors to the site and made great friendships with people form all over the world."