Jamestown, South Australia
|Population||1,407 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||Northern Areas Council|
It is on the banks of the Belalie Creek and on the Crystal Brook-Broken Hill railway line between Gladstone and Peterborough, and ultimately on the main line linking Adelaide and Perth to Sydney. At the 2006 census, Jamestown had a population of 1,407, and is the thriving centre of a prosperous area.
Jamestown (originally James Town) was named after Sir James Fergusson, the Governor of South Australia when the town was surveyed in 1871. Its streets are all named for towns in his native Scotland.
Jamestown is the birthplace of Australian bush legend, Reginald Murray Williams (1908–2003), better known as R. M. Williams, the bush outfitter, Sir Raphael Cilento (1893–1985), tropical medicine pioneer, noted public servant and father of actress Diane Cilento, actor Paul Cronin (born 1938) and Edgar Mayne (1882-1961), Test cricketer.
Jamestown has proud military history, with monuments featured within the township. The Memorial Park features a restored 1907 Krupp SFH02 Cannon. It was captured in Palestine in November 1917 as part of the World War I campaign. In 1918 the Cannon was ceded to the 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment in the initial distribution of captured weapons.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Jamestown (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
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