Leasingham, South Australia
Northern entrance sign, Leasingham
|Population||661 (2006 census) included in the Auburn area (2006 Census)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys|
Leasingham (33°58′S 138°39′E) is the name of a hamlet on the southern edge of the Clare Valley, in the Mid North of South Australia. It is approximately 117 kilometres from the state's capital, Adelaide and 17 kilometres south of the town of Clare.
Although the surrounding country is elevated, the township is located in lower country at the intersection of Main North Road and the connecting roads to Mintaro (to the East) and Hoyleton (to the West). Leasingham is bisected by the Eyre Creek as it makes its way to the Wakefield River. The Riesling Trail is on the western fringe of the township, following the former railway route between Auburn and Clare.
The Leasingham district was the ancestral home of the Ngadjuri people. The first European explorer, John Hill, passed through the district in April 1839. Surveys soon followed, the township being named after the village and civil parish of Leasingham in Lincolnshire, England and the site was once owned by E. Campbell, who held approximately 120 hectares (60 acres) of freehold land, which he sold in 1853. By 1866 Leasingham had about 130 residents and, although ribbon development occurred around the Main North Road crossroad, it never prospered into a town.
Leasingham is an agricultural district in which dry grain farming predominates. Additionally, being centrally located in quite a picturesque district, it caters for tourism and has a restaurant, caravan park, bed and breakfast accommodation and a number of tasting/cellar door sales operations of local wineries.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Auburn (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
- Cockburn, Rodney (1999). South Australia - What's in a Name?. Axiom Publishing. ISBN 0-9592519-1-X.
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