Bridgewater, South Australia

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Bridgewater
South Australia
BridgewaterMill.JPG
Park near Bridgewater Mill
Bridgewater is located in South Australia
Bridgewater
Bridgewater
Coordinates 35°00′0″S 138°46′0″E / 35.00000°S 138.76667°E / -35.00000; 138.76667Coordinates: 35°00′0″S 138°46′0″E / 35.00000°S 138.76667°E / -35.00000; 138.76667
Population
Postcode(s) 5155
LGA(s) Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Heysen
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Bridgewater:
Stirling Mount George Balhannah
Aldgate Bridgewater Hahndorf
Aldgate Mylor Hahndorf

Bridgewater is a town in the Adelaide Hills, south-east of Adelaide in South Australia.

It is the former end of the Adelaide-Bridgewater railway line; this route was closed in 1987. The railway was converted to standard gauge in 1995 and continues to be the main line from Adelaide to Melbourne, but no trains stop at the now demolished Bridgewater railway station.

History

Cox Creek (named after the explorer Robert Cock, who led an expedition through this area in December 1837),[3][4] runs through Bridgewater, and the town was originally settled as Cox Creek. An early use of the name "Bridgewater" was in James Addison's (ca.1819 – 26 April 1870) "Bridgewater Hotel",[5][6] and the town was renamed Bridgewater when the adjacent flour mill was built by John Dunn and the nearby land subdivided in 1857.[7]

Street names[edit]

The streets of one part of Bridgewater appear to have been named for Orient Steam Navigation Company ("Orient Line") steam ships: SS Omrah (1899–1918), RMS Ophir (1891–1922), SS Orontes (1902–1926), SS Orotava (1889–1921) (though Oratava Street), SS Orsova (1909–1936), SS Orvieto (1909–1931), SS Osterley (1909–1929), SS Otranto (1909–1918), and SS Otway (1909–1917).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bridgewater (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bridgewater (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Journal of an excursion from Adelaide to the River Murray and Lake Alexandrina, December 1837, BY Robert Cock, WM. Finlayson, A. Wyatt, G. Barton article, South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register, Adelaide, Saturday 20 Jan 1838
  4. ^ "Recollections of Old Colonists" (RGSA vol 6), "Reminiscences by Pastor Finlayson" pp 48-49
  5. ^ "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 16 March 1855. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Law and Criminal Courts". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 19 August 1856. p. 3. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Advertising.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 26 February 1857. p. 4. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-13.