Alford, South Australia

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Alford
South Australia
Coordinates 33°48′58″S 137°49′19″E / 33.816°S 137.822°E / -33.816; 137.822Coordinates: 33°48′58″S 137°49′19″E / 33.816°S 137.822°E / -33.816; 137.822
Population 30 (?)[citation needed]
Established 1882
Postcode(s) 5555
Location 20 km (12 mi) N of Kadina
LGA(s) District Council of Barunga West
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Alford:
Port Broughton
Tickera Alford Bute
Wallaroo Kadina
Alford is located in South Australia
Alford
Alford
Location of Alford in South Australia

Alford is a settlement in South Australia. Alford is in the Hundred of Tickera, northern Yorke Peninsula, about mid-way between the towns of Kadina and Port Broughton. The natural landform is undulating fertile plains, which often feature limestone and dunes. Founded on the agricultural industry, which surrounds the township, most of the original mallee scrub vegetation has been cleared for highly productive broad-acre wheat and barley farming, plus grazing and mixed farming.

History[edit]

The SA Government first surveyed the township in 1882, naming it after Henry Alford (1816–1892), pioneer and inaugural member of the South Australia Police under Henry Inman in 1838.[1] The first blocks were auctioned in September 1882. Within several years there was a small township comprising a hotel (Alford Hotel), general store, churches, school, and blacksmith servicing the surrounding farming community.[2] The state's first automatic telephone exchange was trialled at Alford.[citation needed]

As road transport improved, nearby towns Kadina, Bute, and Port Broughton mostly usurped this role and Alford did not thrive beyond township status.

In 2004 the primary school was closed and most of the students enrolled in Kadina. The town has a hotel, bowls club and a golf course and after the general store's closure the "post office" was moved to the pub. Alford is an important hub for the district and continues to foster social and sporting activities.

Bibliography[edit]

  • From Stumps to Stubble, Roslyn M Paterson and Eyvonne L Price, (Investigator Press, 1984), pp 285–315.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inman: first commander of the SA Police, Max Slee (Seaview Press, 2010)
  2. ^ From Stumps to Stubble, Paterson and Price, 1984