Lipson, South Australia

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South Australia
Lipson is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°17′S 136°7′E / 34.283°S 136.117°E / -34.283; 136.117Coordinates: 34°17′S 136°7′E / 34.283°S 136.117°E / -34.283; 136.117
Population209 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation25 m (82 ft)
LGA(s)District Council of Tumby Bay[2]
RegionEyre Western[4]
State electorate(s)Flinders[5]
Federal Division(s)Grey[6]
Localities around Lipson:
Ungarra Butler
Port Neill
Ungarra Lipson Spencer Gulf
Tumby Bay Tumby Bay
Adjoining localities[2]

Lipson is an historic farming town on the Eyre Peninsula, located only 12 km from Tumby Bay, South Australia. At the 2006 census, Lipson had a population of 209.[1]

Today, Lipson is little more than a historic tourist attraction, with very few permanent residents.


The township was named after Thomas Lipson, a naval officer born in 1783, who came to South Australia in 1836 and was appointed collector of customs and harbour master at Port Adelaide.[7] Lipson was once a well established town, having a number of facilities including a post office, church, shop and a school. The school opened in 1881 as Yaranyacka school and closed in 1950.[8]

Nearby mines produced some of the finest talc in the world, but with the closing of the mines, the town gradually died. The district surrounding Lipson is agricultural, with sheep and cereal crops prevalent.[9]

The Ungarra, Butler and Lipson Football clubs merged in 1963 to form the Eyre united Football Club, with the oval now located at Ungarra.[10]

Despite the waning of the town, the annual Lipson show has continued, with Tumby Bay residents and tourists flocking to the show each year. In 2004, the show celebrated its 100th year in operation.[8]

Lipson Cove[edit]

Only a few kilometres toward the coast from the town, Lipson Cove is a bay with camping facilities. The cove is renowned for its fishing and the old talc mine is located nearby. This area has exposed granite coastal hills and cliffs that extend from Lipson Cove to Port Neill.[11] Lipson Island can be accessed when the tide is low, but care must be taken not to get stranded. The island and surrounding intertidal zone constitutes the Lipson Island Conservation Park which was proclaimed in 1967. The island is an important rookery for roosting sea birds, including a colony of little blue penguin. Lipson Island also bears the alternative French name of Ile d'Alembert.

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lipson (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Search result for "Lipson (Locality Bounded)" (Record no SA0039614) with the following layers being selected - "Suburbs and Localities", "County" and "Local Government Areas"". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Lipson, South Australia (Postcode)". Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ "District of Flinders Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  7. ^ Manning, Geoffrey, "Lipson", Manning Index of South Australian History, retrieved 26 April 2007
  8. ^ a b "Attractions NW of Tumby Bay". District Council of Tumby Bay. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  9. ^ Tumby Bay Tourist Page, Drives in the Tumby Bay & Port Neill District, archived from the original on 9 February 2007, retrieved 26 April 2007
  10. ^ History doesn't stop now, Central Online, archived from the original on 30 April 2003, retrieved 26 April 2007
  11. ^ District Plan and Three Year Program (–Scholar search), Lower Eyre Peninsula District Soil Conservation Board, retrieved 26 April 2007[dead link]

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