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John originally from Castletown now lives in Whyalla , Australia
|This is the only photograph I can find that is close to the time we left Caithness, this was taken on the 8th September 1966, we left for the Shetlands about 3 months later, then to Somerset, Edinburgh, Cyprus and finally Australia.|
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Whyalla is still heavily reliant on steel, the major company BHP just sold it's Whyalla operation to a new company 'One Steel' they are in a similar position when it comes to demand, however they do have a large deposit of ore here, depending who you believe anywhere between 25 and 100 years, but I suppose both could be true, just depends on the grade you want.
There is a very good chance Whyalla will have a 'Pig Iron' plant built here, we have the pilot plant up and running and has been a success. Whyalla also makes steel sleepers (rail) and with the new Darwin to Alice Springs railway there should be plenty of work for them.
Whyalla also has a liquid gas plant with the raw materials piped 500 to 600 klms from the north of the state.
All in all the town looks quite healthy.