Callington, South Australia

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Not to be confused with Callington, Cornwall.
Callington
South Australia
Callington Bridge Australia August 2008.jpg
Single lane Callington Bridge over River Bremer
Callington is located in South Australia
Callington
Callington
Coordinates 35°07′S 139°03′E / 35.117°S 139.050°E / -35.117; 139.050Coordinates: 35°07′S 139°03′E / 35.117°S 139.050°E / -35.117; 139.050
Population 387 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1847
Postcode(s) 5254
Elevation 101 m (331 ft)
Location 60 km (37 mi) east of Adelaide
LGA(s) District Council of Mount Barker & Rural City of Murray Bridge
State electorate(s) Kavel
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Callington:
Kanmantoo Rockleigh Monarto
St Ives Callington Monarto South
Red Creek Salem Hartley

Callington is a small town on the eastern slopes of the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia. Callington is situated on the Bremer River, and is adjacent to the South Eastern Freeway and the Adelaide-Wolseley railway line,[2] however no trains have stopped at the station for many years. Callington is located within the state electoral district of Kavel and the federal division of Mayo.

History[edit]

Callington was surveyed in 1848, at which time John Kiernan noticed copper in the rocks. Callington was named after the copper mining town Callington in Cornwall, UK.[3] The Callington Inn opened in 1851. Little copper was mined at first, before the miners followed the Victorian gold rush. Mining restarted a few years later in the Bremer Mine, digging the lode down until the water table was reached. In 1857 a forty-inch steam engine was installed to pump out 500,000 litres (110,000 imp gal; 130,000 US gal) of water per day. An even bigger pump was brought from Hallett Cove in 1959. In 1860-61, 150 workers were mining 250-300 tons of ore a month, which was smelted at Callington. Despite some good years, the Bremer Mine eventually fell into liquidation in 1870 due to low copper prices.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Callington Primary School main building

According to the 2006 census, Callington had 387 residents, almost half aged 25–54 years, and the median age was 34. Almost 90% of them were born in Australia.[1]

Recreation[edit]

Callington is home to the Bremer Callington Cricket Club which plays in the Alexandria & Eastern Hills Cricket Association since the merger of the Bremer Cricket Club and the Callington Cricket Club in 1970.[5] The Bridgewater Callington Raiders plays Australian rules football home matches at both Bridgewater and Callington in the Hills Football League.[6]

Education[edit]

Callington has a kindergarten[7] and a primary school in the town.[8] Students need to travel to Mount Barker, Strathalbyn or Murray Bridge for high school.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Callington (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Placename Details: Callington Railway Station". Property Location Browser, gazetteer layer. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 5 February 2007. SA0037288. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Placename Details: Callington". Property Location Browser, gazetteer layer. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 5 February 2007. SA0011694. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Bremer Mine at Callington". Flinders Ranges Research. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bremer Callington Cricket Club". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bridgewater Callington Raiders Football Club". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Callington Kindergarten". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Callington Primary School". Retrieved 26 August 2015. 

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