Bordertown, South Australia
Main street in Bordertown
|Population||2,581 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Tatiara District Council|
Bordertown is the commercial and administrative centre of the Tatiara District Council. Tatiara is the local Aboriginal word for "Good Country". Bordertown was established in 1852 when a direct route across the 90-mile desert was being planned for gold escorts from the Victorian goldfields to Adelaide. Police Inspector Alexander Tolmer was instructed to create a town as close as practical to the border. Tolmer was upset when the town was not named after him, but that was made up for by naming several sites around Bordertown after him, such as Tolmer Park and Tolmer Takeaway. Bordertown is also the birthplace of former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke.
Bordertown is the seat of the Tatiara District Council. It is in the state electoral district of MacKillop and the federal Division of Barker. It is the birthplace of former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke.
Bordertown is home to the historic Clayton Farm Heritage Museum. It is also famous for its white Kangaroos which have been bred for zoos and animal shelters around Australia. The lightning clock on the main street marks the site of the first electricity source.
Bordertown has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Clayton Farm Road: Clayton Farm Complex 
- Hay Avenue: Bordertown railway station 
- Woolshed Street: Bordertown Institute 
The district's economy is based primarily on agriculture, with cereal crops and livestock farming. The largest single employer is the JBS meatworks abbatoir which processes up to 8000 animals per day and employs around 470 people. Almost two-thirds of the employees are migrants to Australia, including refugees and skilled migrants on 457 visas, from a total of at least 23 different home culture groups.
Bordertown is on the main routes by road and rail between Adelaide and Melbourne. There are several bus services daily towards each of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Mount Gambier. The Overland train stops twice a week each way. Most rail traffic is freight passing through, although the local grain silos are also served by rail. In 2012, the crossing loop at Bordertown railway station was lengthened to 1500m.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bordertown (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- From information signs in Bordertown
- "Clayton Farm Complex, including Dwelling, Shearing Shed, Hay Shed, Chaff Shed, Stables, Blacksmithy, Cottage and Workshop". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Bordertown Railway Station". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Bordertown Institute". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- Mares, Peter (14 December 2016). "Every town is a Bordertown". Inside Story. Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "Bordertown". Australian Rail Maps. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- "The Overland". Great Southern Railway. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-20.