Kingston On Murray, South Australia

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Kingston On Murray
South Australia
Houseboats on the Murray River
Kingston On Murray is located in South Australia
Kingston On Murray
Kingston On Murray
Coordinates 34°13′0″S 140°20′0″E / 34.21667°S 140.33333°E / -34.21667; 140.33333Coordinates: 34°13′0″S 140°20′0″E / 34.21667°S 140.33333°E / -34.21667; 140.33333
Population 257 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1915[2]
Postcode(s) 5331
LGA(s) District Council of Loxton Waikerie
State electorate(s) Chaffey
Federal Division(s) Barker

Kingston On Murray (formerly Thurk and Kingston O.M.) is a town on the south bank of the Murray River in the Riverland region of South Australia. It was named after Charles Kingston who was Premier of South Australia from 1893-99.[3] At the 2006 census, the town had a population of 257.[1]

The town was surveyed in January 1915 and originally proclaimed as Thurk on 21 November 1918. The town's name was changed from Thurk to Kingston O.M. in 1940.[4] The name was altered at the request of residents from Kingston O.M. to Kingston On Murray in March 1994. Erratum published in Government Gazette 24 November 1994 to correct the incorrect use of hyphens in the original Notice to Assign.[2]


The Sturt Highway now bypasses the town and crosses the Murray River over a bridge. Before the bridge was opened in 1973,[5] there were two vehicular cable ferries in the town to carry traffic over the river.

Kingston On Murray is in the District Council of Loxton Waikerie, the state electoral district of Chaffey and the federal Division of Barker.

Kingston Estate and Accolade Wines' Banrock Station brand have wineries near Kingston On Murray. There is also the Ramsar-listed Banrock Station Wetlands.

The historic Kingston On Murray Pump Site and Feeder Tank Ruins are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kingston On Murray (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Placename Details: Kingston On Murray". Property Location Browser. Land Services, Government of South Australia. SA0036834. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Design Train. "Kingston-on-Murray, South Australia accommodation and more". Discover Murray River. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "NEW TOWN NAMES APPROVED". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 26 July 1940. p. 10. Retrieved 5 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ South Australia. Highways Dept (1973), Official opening, Kingston Bridge, River Murray by His Excellency the Governor Sir Mark Oliphant, K.B.E. 21st. Feb., 1973, Highways Dept, retrieved 8 September 2014 
  6. ^ "Kingston-on-Murray Pump Site & Feeder Tank (Ruin)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

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