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Ryan Well Historical Reserve : plan of management, January 1999



Ryan Well Historical Reserve : plan of management, January 1999

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Plan of management


Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory


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Ryan Well Historical Reserve


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Ryan Well Historical Reserve serves as a rest area of considerable historical interest for travellers using the Stuart highway north of Alice Springs. The Reserve contains the remains of two important historic sites, a water well constructed in the 1890s and associated with the early settlement of central Australia and the remains of Glen Maggie Homestead erected early this century. The South Australian Government named the well after Ned Ryan, who with the aid of his nephew, Jeremiah Ryan and his well sinking team known as “Ryan’s Camel Party”, completed Ryan Well in 1889. Samuel Nicker and his family established Glen Maggie as a sheep and cattle station in 1914. The station homestead was named after Margaret, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Nicker. The Reserve today allows visitors to appreciate the history associated with the site and of some of the hardships endured by early pioneers who used Ryan Well as a watering point. The Plan sets guidelines for the future management of the Reserve in order to conserve its resources while providing opportunities for visitors to appreciate the historic values of the area.




National parks and reserves -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region; National parks and reserves -- Northern Territory -- Management; Ryans Well Historical Reserve (N.T.)

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Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory

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Alice Springs (N.T.)


vi, 21 p. : maps, ports. ; 30 cm.

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