Yongala, South Australia
Scene from the hill overlooking Yongala
|Population||243 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||512 m (1,680 ft)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Peterborough|
Yongala is a small town located in the state of South Australia, Australia. It has a population of approximately 240 people and is situated on the Clare-Peterborough Road (B79). The town was proclaimed on 23 May 1876 and within 5 years had a population of 353 as developers anticipated the connection of a railway. The railway instead went through the nearby town of Peterborough.
Yongala was established as a hundred and part of the Dalhousie county in 1871 as one of the first of the 12 hundreds to be declared in that county. Land could be purchased in a hundred as soon as it had been declared.
The SS Yongala launched in 1903 and owned by the Adelaide Steamship Company was named after the town. It sank in a storm in 1911 off the coast of Townsville, Queensland and its wreck site is protected by the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976.
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