Kingston SE

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Kingston SE
South Australia
Kingston SE lobster.JPG
Lobster sculpture located at the entrance to the town
Kingston SE is located in South Australia
Kingston SE
Kingston SE
Coordinates 36°49′S 139°51′E / 36.817°S 139.850°E / -36.817; 139.850Coordinates: 36°49′S 139°51′E / 36.817°S 139.850°E / -36.817; 139.850
Population 1,425 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1860
Postcode(s) 5275
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location 45 km (28 mi) N of Robe
LGA(s) Kingston District Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.2 °C
67 °F
10.3 °C
51 °F
495.6 mm
19.5 in

Kingston SE is a town approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi) southeast of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, and 44 km from the town of Robe. It is located on the shores of Lacepede Bay. At the 2011 census, Kingston SE had a population of 1,425.[1]

History[edit]

The town was named after Sir George Strickland Kingston, a South Australian politician, surveyor and architect. Kingston Post Office opened on 9 February 1869.[2] The extension on its name is to distinguish Kingston in the South East (of South Australia) from another 'Kingston' in the state which is now officially named "Kingston-On-Murray". The town was connected to the outside world by a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) railway in 1876. The rails were converted to broad gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) in 1959. The railway closed in the 1970s.[3]

Today[edit]

The main industries are fishing, winemaking, sheep and cattle farming and recreation, the district having a large influx of tourists during holiday periods throughout the year.

The northern entrance to the town is dominated by the Big Lobster, fondly named "Larry" by people in Kingston.[4]

Many great pubs, hotels, and shops can be found, and Kingston also hosts one of the best fish and chip shops in Australia. "Macs Takeaway" has twice won awards for their outstanding fish and chips.[citation needed]

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kingston SE (Cape Jaffa Lighthouse)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 41.6
(106.9)
40.8
(105.4)
37.3
(99.1)
33.1
(91.6)
27.2
(81)
22.4
(72.3)
19.5
(67.1)
23.3
(73.9)
27.5
(81.5)
33.1
(91.6)
37.2
(99)
40.3
(104.5)
41.6
(106.9)
Average high °C (°F) 24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
22.7
(72.9)
19.9
(67.8)
17.0
(62.6)
14.7
(58.5)
14.0
(57.2)
14.6
(58.3)
16.1
(61)
18.5
(65.3)
21.4
(70.5)
22.8
(73)
19.2
(66.6)
Average low °C (°F) 13.6
(56.5)
13.6
(56.5)
12.4
(54.3)
10.6
(51.1)
9.2
(48.6)
8.0
(46.4)
7.5
(45.5)
7.8
(46)
8.5
(47.3)
9.1
(48.4)
10.8
(51.4)
12.3
(54.1)
10.3
(50.5)
Record low °C (°F) 6.5
(43.7)
6.3
(43.3)
5.2
(41.4)
1.3
(34.3)
0.0
(32)
−0.7
(30.7)
0.1
(32.2)
0.2
(32.4)
1.0
(33.8)
2.6
(36.7)
3.4
(38.1)
4.7
(40.5)
−0.7
(30.7)
Rainfall mm (inches) 16.6
(0.654)
17.6
(0.693)
22.6
(0.89)
33.5
(1.319)
50.6
(1.992)
69.3
(2.728)
81.0
(3.189)
71.5
(2.815)
47.9
(1.886)
33.8
(1.331)
26.7
(1.051)
24.5
(0.965)
495.6
(19.513)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 5.6 4.9 8.5 12.5 16.9 18.6 19.6 21.4 16.8 12.8 8.7 8.5 154.8
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kingston SE (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Diesel Days on the Kingston S.E. Goods Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1997 pp356-364
  4. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/stories/s1020963.htm Retrieved 2008.09.30
  5. ^ Full Points Footy, Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara, retrieved 2008-07-25 
  6. ^ "Cape Jaffa (The Limestone)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 3 April 2014.