Final information shelter completed at Wolseley

The small town of Wolseley has quietly been installing information shelters to encourage tourists to venture into the township and learn about its rich history.

Roughly two months after the completion of the town's first shelter, the final one has officially been completed opposite the Wolseley Hotel.

Wolseley local Keith Willis said the project has been four years in the making and couldn't have happened without some financial assistance.

The two shelters were funded by $20,000 raised by crops planted locally and near the Victorian border during last harvest.

Both shelters capture some of the priceless history many Tatiara locals would not know about the small town, including the fascinating WWII fuel tanks from 1942-44 and the town's railway history.

Mr Willis said the recently completed shelter briefly covers the railway history, whilst providing potential tourists with high quality images which date back over 60 years ago.

"We were pretty happy with the quality of some of the photos, one of them were originally a little bit blurry, but it was important we had it included," Mr Willis said.

He also mentioned how the shelter was designed to cater for people who prefer learning through viewing images, along with people who may have some prior knowledge of railway history.

At it's peak, around 162 people worked Wolseley's railway, with Mr Willis stating it would have been an incredibly busy time.

Not everything has gone to plan during the construction process, with one of the images having a small scuff mark on it. Although minor, Mr Willis has plans to have the scuff mark "touched up".

Apart from small blemish, the entire construction process went smoothly, much to the delight of Mr Willis.

One of the most pleasing aspects of the newly installed shelters has been the reception and interest from passing tourists.

Mr Willis said whenever he sees cars stop at one of the shelters he makes sure he makes time to go over and assist them.

"(Recently) There were 10 cars, 35 people from Victor Harbor, who stopped by at the shelter near the tanks and I started telling them all about it. Next minute, I've got a microphone with a little speaker and talking to their group," Mr Willis said.

He hopes the recent attention the shelters have received will result in tourists "spreading the word" and potentially bring more people through Wolseley.

"Plenty of tourists who travel to Bordertown tend to go along the highway, what we are trying to do is to get people to travel through Wolseley," Mr Willis said.

Regardless of the years he's had to wait, Mr Willis is proud to finally have a way to share Wolseley's fascinating history through a brilliant visual medium.