Freeling, South Australia
The hotel in Freeling, used as a set in McLeod's Daughters
|Population||2,214 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||197 m (646 ft)|
|Location||60 km (37 mi) from Adelaide, South Australia|
|LGA(s)||Light Regional Council|
The township of Freeling was surveyed in March 1860 by Robert Stephenson. It was named after Major-General Sir Arthur Henry Freeling, Surveyor-General of South Australia from 1849-61. Freeling was a stopping place on the Gawler to Kapunda railway, which opened in 1860 but is no longer used. The Freeling Hotel was founded in 1863, the Railway Hotel in 1867 and the St Petri Lutheran Church (now a private home) in 1871. By 1866, Freeling’s population numbered approximately 60.
The main source of income for the town is its extensive farming land, where mainly cereal crops are grown. It is regarded as some of the best farming land in Australia, with the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy Campus, (Roseworthy, South Australia) situated nearby. The long-term rainfall average for Freeling is 475mm/Yr, this enables wheat crops of up to 5-6T/Ha to be grown as well as large tonnages of cereal hay, with thousands of acres of hay being harvested each year. A factory making farming implement blades and parts, has also been situated at Freeling for many years.
A major tourist attraction for the town and surrounding area is a popular Australian Drama television series, McLeod's Daughters. The town had many sets used on the show, including the Gungellan Hotel (previously the Railway Hotel), truckstop and showgrounds.
The town has many local stores including the Federation Bakery which was renovated and restored in 2018.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Freeling". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- Biography of Arthur Freeling in Australian Dictionary of Biography online, accessed 5 October 2007.
- "About Us: AgPoint". AgPoint Australia. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
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