Frances, South Australia

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South Australia
Frances is located in South Australia
Coordinates 36°42′47″S 140°57′18″E / 36.71306°S 140.95500°E / -36.71306; 140.95500Coordinates: 36°42′47″S 140°57′18″E / 36.71306°S 140.95500°E / -36.71306; 140.95500
Population 533 (shared with other localities in the “State Suburb of Wild Dog Valley”) (2011 census)[1][2][a]
Established 1871[2]
Postcode(s) 5262[3]
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Naracoorte Lucindale Council[2]
Region Limestone Coast[4]
County MacDonnell[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop[5]
Federal Division(s) Barker[6]
Localities around Frances:
Western Flat Bangham Neuarpurr
The Gap Frances Neuarpurr
The Gap Binnum Neuarpurr
Footnotes Locations[3]
Adjoining localities[2][7]

Frances is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located about 291 kilometres (181 mi) south-east of the state capital, Adelaide and about 32 kilometres (20 mi) south-east of the municipal seat of Naracoorte in the state's Limestone Coast region and adjoining the border with the State of Victoria.[2][3][4]

Frances began as a government town first surveyed in July 1871 and then resurveyed in January. Its name is reported as being derived from the name of the wife of "Mr Henry Jones of Binnum Station." Boundaries of the locality were created in April 2001.[2]

For much of its history, Frances was a railway town on the Mount Gambier railway line, which runs from Wolseley in the north to Mount Gambier in the south. A State Road, Frances Road, runs from Bordertown through Frances to Hynam.[8] Despite the closure of the railway on 12 April 1995, Frances continues to be a receiving point for grain, with several silos.[9]

Every February, Frances hosts the Frances Folk Gathering, a weekend-long folk music festival, with the whole town given over to music and visitors.[10] This tradition began in 2000.[11]

Frances is located within the federal division of Barker, the state electoral district of MacKillop and the local government area of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ For the 2011 census, the ‘State Suburb of Wild Dog Valley (SA)’ consisted of the localities of Binnum, Cadgee, Frances, Kybybolite, The Gap and Wild Dog Valley.
  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wild Dog Valley (SA)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search result(s) for Frances (LOCB) (Record No. SA0024846) with the following layers being selected - "Parcel labels", "Suburbs and Localities", "Hundreds", "Government Towns", "Place names (gazetteer)" and "Road labels"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Postcode for Frances, South Australia". Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Limestone Coast SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "District of MacKillop Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Barker" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Search result for "Neuarpurr (Locality Bounded)" (Vicmap ID n205407526)". Vicnames - The Register of Geographic Names. Government of Victoria. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Naracoorte Lucindale Road Map" (PDF). Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (SA). Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Storage Allocation". ezigrain. Viterra. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Terry Hewton (6 December 2011). "Letter from Australia: Songs of home". The Guardian Weekly. 
  11. ^ "The History and Spirit of the Frances Folk Gathering". 

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