Curramulka

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Curramulka
South Australia
CurramulkaInstitute.JPG
Institute, built in 1885
Curramulka is located in Yorke Peninsula Council
Curramulka
Curramulka
Coordinates 34°41′46″S 137°42′39″E / 34.69611°S 137.71083°E / -34.69611; 137.71083Coordinates: 34°41′46″S 137°42′39″E / 34.69611°S 137.71083°E / -34.69611; 137.71083
Population 148 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1878[2]
Postcode(s) 5580[3]
Location
LGA(s) Yorke Peninsula Council
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Curramulka:
Port Victoria Maitland Ardrossan
Port Rickaby Curramulka Port Julia
Minlaton Port Vincent

Curramulka is a town on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. Curramulka is within easy driving distance of the coastal resort towns of Port Victoria and Port Vincent and is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of the regional ‘capital’ of Minlaton. At the 2006 census, Curramulka had a population of 148.[1]

Nearby is an extensive chain of limestone caves. They were first explored in 1850, and major extensions discovered in 1984. They have 14km of known passages in an area of approximately 400m x 300m and depth 46m.[4] Corra-Lynn is the longest cave in the region.[5]

History[edit]

Curramulka is one of the oldest townships on the Peninsula, the Hundred of Curramulka being proclaimed on 31 December 1874. The name is derived from 'curre' (emu) and 'mulka' (deep water hole). Emus used to drink here, and thus it was named by the indigenous inhabitants.

Farming land was first opened up in the mid-1870s and Curramulka enjoyed its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when most farming produce moved through nearby Port Julia.

The town's commercial importance dwindled when Ardrossan to the north became the main regional port for wheat and wool, but recent signs indicate that Curramulka is back in a strong growth mode.[6]

Local School[edit]

The primary school located in Curramulka is in need of a few more students as its numbers are plummeting below the population count of just 50. Though the staff at Curramulka are happy with not having to account for many students, they also like having more company as they attend their current duties.[citation needed]

Bushfire[edit]

On 19 November 2009 a large fire started in paddocks near Curramulka.[7] The front was about 700 metres long and burnt about 400 hectares.[8] The fire was soon terminated and had caused minimal damage to local areas with the exception of a few paddocks burnt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Curramulka (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Curramulka South Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  3. ^ Australia Post - Postcode Search
  4. ^ "Corra-Lynn Caves, Curramulka, Yorke Peninsula". SA Heritage Register (Fact Sheet). Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Caving in South Australia". Cave Exploration Group (South Australia). Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Curramulka, South Australia
  7. ^ Curramulka blaze burns out of control ABC
  8. ^ Curramulka Fire ABC

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