Laura, South Australia
|LGA(s)||Northern Areas Council|
Laura is a rural town in the Mid North–Southern Flinders Ranges region of South Australia, 12 km north of Gladstone on the Horrocks Highway and 40 km east of Port Pirie. The first European to explore the district was Thomas Burr in September 1842. His promising reports soon led to occupation of the district by pastoralists, one of whom was Herbert Bristow Hughes (ca.1821 – 18 May 1892). When the present town was surveyed he named it for his wife, Laura née White (ca.1829 – 5 January 1909).
Laura is famous as the home of Golden North ice cream which has been manufactured in the town since 1923 (the factory being the biggest employer in the District), and was a boyhood home of poet C. J. Dennis, whose first poem was published in the Laura Standard newspaper.
The Laura Community Development and Tourism Association Incorporated liaises with the Northern Areas Council in preserving the amenity of the rural centre, with the support of many volunteers in community projects. The LCDTA's major project is operating the community-owned Laura Caravan Park. Profits from the caravan park operations are then used for improvements in the township.
The Laura Folk Fair is a two-day event held in April every year. There is no admission fee which makes the Folk Fair a family friendly outing. A new event to the town is the Laura Country Music Festival. This will be held annually in July.
- C. J. Dennis (1876-1938), poet and writer
- Gordon Jackett (1887-1951), politician
- Brenton Miels (1948-1997), Australian Rules footballer
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