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South Australia

South Australia was separated from New South Wales and became an independent state in 1836. Its capital is Adelaide.  South Australia was the only State in the country to have free settlers only, no convicts.


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Regions and Islands of South Australia

Kangaroo Island 
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Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness - a place that has offered protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals and a place of beauty. It is 18 km off the coast of South Australia and has a population of just 4,400 people.

Fleurieu Peninsula 

Yorke Peninsula  

Eyre Peninsula

Limestone Coast

South Australian Northern Regions and Outback

This list is not exhaustive, but includes organisations which are particularly concerned with the history of local areas, the preservation of specific locations, buildings and historic sites, or the operation of historical museums

The list is organised according to Local Government Area (LGA). Over the past few years many councils, both municipal and rural, have amalgamated. The list below shows LGA names current at June 1998.

The North

This area consists of the following places:

Flinders Ranges

Includes Hawker, Kanyaka and Quorn

Mount Remarkable
Northern Areas

Includes Booleroo, Georgetown, Gladstone, Jamestown, Laura, Rocky River, Spalding and Yacka

Orroroo - Carrieton
Port Augusta
Port Pirie

includes Crystal Brook and Redhill



Marree, Radium Hill and Yunta
Coober Pedy
Roxby Downs

Beyond South Australian Borders

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Broken Hill, New South Wales

Research Tools

Australian Gazetteer

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