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On the south side of Guichen Bay, 44km from Kingston, ROBE was one of South Australia’s first settlements, established as a deep-water port in 1847. After 1857, over sixteen thousand Chinese landed here and walked to the goldfields, 400km away, to avoid the poll tax levied in Victoria. As trade declined and the highway bypassed the town, Robe managed to maintain both dignity and a low-key charm, and during the busy summer period the population of fewer than eight hundred expands to over eleven thousand. Summer is also the season for crayfishing, Robe’s major industry.

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