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Australia : Western Australia

7.0 km (4.3 miles) WNW of Koomberkine, WA, Australia
Approx. altitude: 338 m (1108 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 31°N 63°W

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#2: GPS confirmation

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  31°S 117°E (visit #1)  

#1: 180° view facing west

(visited by Mike Manessis and Donna Weston)

13-Jan-2001 -- Having completed s34e116 a couple of weeks earlier I needed another confluence fix. Donna Weston, another addicted DCP participant, had emailed me a few days earlier welcoming me to the elite group of Western Australians looking for elusive degree confluences.

I decided on s31e117 as it was the closest unclaimed confluence in the northern wheat belt, about 180 km from Perth. Donna was interested in a joint confluence visit and we agreed to meet at 9:30am. She emailed maps to me detailing the gravel roads near the confluence, which indicated its position a leisurely 540m from the roadside.

Arriving at 9:35am, more by luck than good management, I visited the farm homestead about 1 km away to the north as Donna was not to be seen. The property, "Studleigh Farm" owned by Tom and Dilys Sawyer lies to the north west of Dowerin. At the homestead I was licked all over by the farm dogs, excited by an unexpected visitor. Dilys answered the door with two or three additional dogs at her feet and was quite interested in the DCP. After indicating what we intended to do and how to view the results on the internet I headed towards the confluence after extracting a pup from the car that wanted to join in.

Donna had arrived at the nearest position on the road to s31e117 and although we had not met before we needed no introductions.

I decided on a single panoramic photo encompassing 180° of view as the land had no outstanding features except for a wheat field and a stand of gum trees. The homestead and sheds can just be made out on the right hand side of the photo, approximately NNW from our position. Photo #1 pans from south to west to north, from left to right.

Following some thermos coffee supplied by Donna, I was convinced to complete a second confluence at s31e118 in what turned out to be a 650km round trip day.


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