Spalding, South Australia

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Spalding
South Australia
Council chambers, Spalding.JPG
The former District Council of Spalding council chambers
Spalding is located in South Australia
Spalding
Spalding
Coordinates 33°29′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.48333°S 138.60000°E / -33.48333; 138.60000Coordinates: 33°29′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.48333°S 138.60000°E / -33.48333; 138.60000
Population 212 (2006 Census)[1]
Established 1885 (district council proclaimed)[2]
Postcode(s) 5454
Elevation 309 m (1,014 ft)
LGA(s) Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Spalding is a town located north of the Clare Valley in South Australia, Australia. At the 2006 census, Spalding had a population of 212.[1]

It is mainly a farming community and also is home to a slate quarry.

Services in the town include a supermarket, hotel, school, gun supplies store, roadhouse and CFS station.

Spalding is presumed to be named after the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire in the UK.

History[edit]

Prior to 1869, there were five sheep runs in the Spalding area: Bundaleer, Booborowie, Canowie, Hill River and Bungaree. From this date the Spalding area was made available to farmers and a farming-centred community grew.[2]

On 30 July 1885 the District Council of Spalding was proclaimed and in 1925 a post office was built in Spalding.[2]

Spalding was serviced by a broad gauge railway line through the Clare Valley from Adelaide from its construction in 1922 until the last train in 1978.[3] The railway bridge in Spalding was listed on the state Heritage Register in 1993.[2]

Features of interest[edit]

  • The Heysen Trail runs past Spalding, which is approximately the midpoint of the 1200 km walking route.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Spalding (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Spalding". Spalding Management Committee. Retrieved on 2009-06-24
  3. ^ "The declining years of the Clare Railway". Riesling Trail. The Wilson Vineyard. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Heysen Trail: Southern Guide: Cape Jervis to Spalding". Government of South Australia - Department for Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 2009-06-24.