Torrens Island is located in the Port River Estuary between the Lefevre Peninsula and Barker Inlet, about 15 km northwest of the Adelaide city centre in South Australia. Since European settlement of Adelaide in 1836, it has been used for a number of purposes.
Being uninhabited, an island, adjacent to Port Adelaide, and near Outer Harbor, Torrens Island was initially used as the site of a Quarantine Station for new arrivals (by sea) to South Australia. One example of its use was during the so-called "Boonah crisis".
The Torrens Island Internment Camp was a World War I detention camp which held up to 400 men of German or Austro-Hungarian background between 9 October 1914 and 16 August 1915.
There are several power stations on, and in the vicinity of Torrens Island. (See List of power stations in South Australia.) They include:
- Torrens Island Power Station, completed in 1967, and since 2007 operated by AGL Energy; capacity of 1,280 MW.
- Quarantine Power Station, built and operated since 2002 by Origin Energy; original capacity 95 MW, expanded in 2009 to 216 MW.
- D. Walsh:Torrens Island Quarantine Station Weekendnotes, 4 July 2013. Accessed 17 July 2013.
- AGL takes ownership of Torrens Island power station AGL press release to ASX, 3 July 2007. Accessed 17 July 2013.
- Origin Energy > Quarantine Power Station Accessed 17 July 2013.
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