Big Things : The Big Winch, Coober Pedy SA

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The Big Winch

 

The Big Winch in Coober Pedy, South Australia is 8 metres high and sits atop a hill that overlooks the town.  It was constructed in 1970s by Klaus Wirries to commemorate Coober Pedy’s opal industry, but the original was destroyed in 1986.  A new Big Winch was rebuilt shortly afterwards.

 

The Big Winch is not meticulously cared for, as these days, it looks a little old and rundown.  While Juz went over to check it out, Dave was hijacked by a clingy man from Hong Kong who did his best to sell us some opals from his own private mine shaft but ended up scaring us away instead.

 

The Big Winch

 

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