Jamestown, South Australia

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South Australia
Jamestown is located in South Australia
Coordinates 33°12′19″S 138°36′7″E / 33.20528°S 138.60194°E / -33.20528; 138.60194Coordinates: 33°12′19″S 138°36′7″E / 33.20528°S 138.60194°E / -33.20528; 138.60194
Population 1,407 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1871
Postcode(s) 5491
LGA(s) Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Jamestown is a town in the Mid North region of South Australia 207 kilometres (129 mi) north of Adelaide.


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,[1] 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.[2]

Major products of the area are grain, legumes, wool and timber. The world's first plantation forest was the Bundaleer Forest first planted in the area in 1876.

Belalie Creek in the main township

Jamestown is in the Northern Areas Council, the South Australian Legislative Assembly electoral district of Stuart and the federal Division of Grey.

R. M. Williams Monument, Jamestown South Australia

Notable people[edit]

Sir John Cockburn was the town's first mayor, doctor, and later Premier of South Australia in 1889–1890.

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.

Military History[edit]

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.

Jamestown Memorial Park Gates adorned with names of local soldiers who served in World War I
Krupp Cannon SFH02 Monument in the Jamestown Memorial Park
Jamestown Lone Pine Monument in the Memorial Park


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