Lands administrative divisions of South Australia
The Lands administrative divisions of South Australia refers to the cadastral units of counties, and hundreds in South Australia. These form part of the Lands administrative divisions of Australia. They are located in the south-eastern part of the state and do not cover the whole state. A total of 540 hundreds have been proclaimed, although five of these were annulled in 1870, and, in some cases, the names reused elsewhere.
In 1916, during the First World War, eight of the hundreds with names of German origin were proposed for renaming with Aboriginal names, but this did not happen. Instead, those eight, and two more, were renamed in 1918 with names derived from Allied commanders or battles.
A further three names have also been proposed for other Hundreds (extant or conjectured) over the years. Thus while 540 hundreds have been proclaimed, and only 535 exist today, a total of 561 names of hundreds are listed in the South Australian official gazetteer Placenames Online.
All South Australian hundreds have unique names; therefore it is unnecessary, when referring to a hundred, to also name its county. This is in contrast to the land administration of New South Wales, where a parish name might be reused in more than one county.
Apart from the single Hundred of Murray (1853–1870), which occupied parts of five counties, all hundreds fall entirely in one county. This is in contrast to the land administration of Victoria, whose parishes in some cases overlapped two or more counties.
List of Counties
- Four of the hundreds in the County of Albert (Cooper, Randell, Giles and Morphett) were annulled in 1870 in conjunction with the annulment of the Hundred of Murray.
- The Hundred of Murray (proclaimed in 1853) which occupied parts of seven counties (Russell, Sturt, Albert, Eyre, Young, Hamley and Alfred), to follow the Murray River, was annulled in 1870. The numbers in the table do not include this hundred.
- In addition to the 24 proclaimed hundreds in the County of Robinson, the Hundred of McBeath was also proclaimed but apparently never gazetted.
List of Hundreds
- "South Australian official gazeteer: Placenames Online (Select feature type 'hundred')". Government of South Australia.
- Leadbeater, Maureen M (5 June 2016). "Counties and Hundreds – South Australia". FamilyHistorySA.info. Retrieved 19 July 2016.