Frances, South Australia

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South Australia
Frances is located in South Australia
Coordinates 36°42′47″S 140°57′18″E / 36.71306°S 140.95500°E / -36.71306; 140.95500Coordinates: 36°42′47″S 140°57′18″E / 36.71306°S 140.95500°E / -36.71306; 140.95500
Population 347 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5262
LGA(s) Naracoorte Lucindale Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Frances:
Western Flat Bangham
The Gap Frances Neuarpurr
Cadgee Binnum

Frances is a settlement in South Australia[2] in the Naracoorte Lucindale Council local government area, 321 kilometres (199 mi) south-east of the state capital, Adelaide. At the 2006 census, Frances and the surrounding area had a population of 347.[1]

Frances is located on the broad gauge railway from Wolseley to Mount Gambier in a grain-growing area. Despite the closure of the railway in 1995, Frances continues to be a major receiving point for grain, with several large silos.

Every February, Frances hosts the Frances Folk Gathering, a weekend-long folk music festival, with the whole town given over to music and visitors.[3] This tradition began in 2000.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Frances (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  2. ^ "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Terry Hewton (6 December 2011). "Letter from Australia: Songs of home". The Guardian Weekly. 
  4. ^ "The History and Spirit of the Frances Folk Gathering". 

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