A short walk along the beach at Walkerville rings you unexpectedly upon giant brick buttresses protruding from the cliffs like the ruins of some ancient
Walkerville South lime kilns
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A short walk along the beach at Walkerville rings you unexpectedly upon giant brick buttresses protruding from the cliffs like the ruins of some ancient Roman engineering works. These are all that remain of the Walkerville lime kilns.
At the peak of production in the 1890s, up to eighty men were employed quarrying limestone, working the kilns, supplying timber and bagging and stacking lime.
Limestone mined from the cliffs was burnt with firewood in brick lined kilns to produce quick lime. The lime was then bagged and hauled in tram carts along a 350 metre jetty which once stretched out into the bay to waiting ships.
The kilns were closed in 1926 due to reduced demand, high transport costs and the replacement of quicklime by cement.
Apart from the dramatic remains of the kilns, the sharp-eyed visitor can still spot some of the signs of the once-thriving industrial centre. Pieces of iron tram-rails protrude from the cliff face. On the inland bush track between Walkerville North and Walkerville South lillies, nasturtiums and a fig tree are reminders of past cottage gardens. A couple of graves in the small cemetery have also survived the ravages of time.