Carpenter Rocks

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Carpenter Rocks
South Australia
Carpenter Rocks01.jpg
Sunset over 'The Carpenter', from Gerloff Bay
Carpenter Rocks is located in South Australia
Carpenter Rocks
Carpenter Rocks
Coordinates37°55′00″S 140°23′58″E / 37.916647°S 140.399434°E / -37.916647; 140.399434Coordinates: 37°55′00″S 140°23′58″E / 37.916647°S 140.399434°E / -37.916647; 140.399434[1]
Population82 (2016 census)[2]
Established31 October 1996 (locality)[3]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)District Council of Grant[1]
RegionLimestone Coast[4]
State electorate(s)Mount Gambier
Federal Division(s)Barker
Mean max temp[5] Mean min temp[5] Annual rainfall[5]
19.0 °C
66 °F
8.2 °C
47 °F
708.4 mm
27.9 in
Localities around Carpenter Rocks:
Canunda German Flat
German Creek
German Creek
Carpenter Rocks Kongorong
Ocean Ocean
Pelican Point
Pelican Point
Blackfellows Caves
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

Carpenter Rocks is a town and locality located 35 kilometres (22 mi) south-west of Mount Gambier in the south-east of South Australia. The area faces the Southern Ocean and is renowned for its rugged coastline which provides exceptional fishing and diving locations.

In the 2016 census, Carpenter Rocks had population of 82 people.[2] Carpenter Rocks is in the District Council of Grant local government area, the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Mount Gambier and the Australian House of Representatives Division of Barker.

History and settlement[edit]

The earliest people in the Carpenter Rocks area were the aboriginal communities from the Booandik tribe. They were scattered in small groups along the coast where they had access to an abundance of food and water. Due to disease and land dispossession the last full-blooded Booandik died in 1904.[6]

Lieutenant James Grant, when on board HMS Lady Nelson, was the first known British person to view land known today as south eastern South Australia. On 3 December 1800, he sighted what at first he thought was four unconnected islands, but on a closer look realized they were two mountains and two capes. One of these he named Cape Banks, just west of today's township, after English Botanist - Joseph Banks. On 4 April 1802, the French explorer Nicholas Baudin aboard the ship Geographe noticed the area and made the observation:

According to Geoffrey Manning and Rodney Cockburn in "Place Names of South Australia", "The Rocks" were named "Les Carpentiers" ("The Carpenters") by Nicholas Baudin because their indented and serrated nature reminded him of a carpenter's saw.[7]

The Cape Banks Lighthouse has been listed as a state heritage place on the South Australian Heritage Register.[8]

On 31 October 1996, boundaries were created for the locality which was given the "long established name."[1][3]

Areas of interest[edit]

The town is a gateway to the Canunda National Park and Lake Bonney SE. Carpenter Rocks supports a significant southern rock lobster industry and Bucks Bay provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats moored there. Cape Banks lighthouse is located 4 kilometres (2 mi) from the township and it is near here on 5 August 1859 SS Admella was wrecked on a reef with the loss of 89 lives.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Search results for 'Carpenter Rocks, LOCB' with the following datasets selected – 'NPW and Conservation Properties', 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Counties', 'Government Towns', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'South Australian Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australian. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carpenter Rocks (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 April 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Kentish, P.M. (31 October 1996), "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places" (PDF), The South Australian Government Gazette: 1517, retrieved 14 April 2019
  4. ^ "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics Mount Gambier Aero (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  6. ^ Bonney, Neville Carpenter Rocks and Beyond. Millicent Press, 1987 ISBN 0-7316-1487-9
  7. ^ State Library of South Australia (website) Place Names of South Australia Archived 13 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine retrieved on 28 March 2008
  8. ^ "Cape Banks Lighthouse". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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