Louth Bay, South Australia

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Louth Bay
South Australia
Louth Bay is located in South Australia
Louth Bay
Louth Bay
Coordinates34°32′41″S 135°55′47″E / 34.544636°S 135.929811°E / -34.544636; 135.929811Coordinates: 34°32′41″S 135°55′47″E / 34.544636°S 135.929811°E / -34.544636; 135.929811[1]
Established24 June 1909 (town)[1]
16 October 2003 (locality)[1]
LGA(s)District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula[1]
RegionEyre Western[1]
State electorate(s)Flinders[3]
Federal Division(s)Grey[4]
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.2 °C
70 °F
11.3 °C
52 °F
383.2 mm
15.1 in
Localities around Louth Bay:
Whites Flat Whites River Whites River
Whites Flat Louth Bay Spencer Gulf
Poonindie Poonindie Spencer Gulf
Adjoining localities[1]

Louth Bay (formerly Laurence) is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia.[1] It is named after the bay named by Matthew Flinders on 26 February 1802 which itself is derived from a place in Lincolnshire.[1] At the 2006 census, Louth Bay had a population of 408.[6]

A town was surveyed in March 1909 and proclaimed on 24 June 1909. It was named 'Laurence’ after Laurence O'Loughlin, a South Australian politician. In November 1940, the District Council of Lincoln formally endorsed a recommendation to rename the town ‘Louth Bay’ in order to be in line with common use. The name change was gazetted on 20 February 1941. Boundaries were created in October 2003 for a locality with the name ‘Louth Bay and which included the site of Government Town of Louth Bay.[7][1][8]

Aquaculture is an important industry for Louth Bay, though fishermen and local residents are concerned about stock escapees and pollution impacts from existing operations. Concerns included algal growth and seagrass degradation, plastic pollution and the loss of amenity.[9][10]

Louth Island is a large privately owned island located within Louth Bay. 3km to the south east of Louth Island lies the smaller Rabbit Island, which is part of the Lincoln National Park.


On 12 February 2007 Phillip Kerkhof wrestled a 1.3 metre long Bronze whaler shark in Louth Bay, catching it and dragging it onto the jetty before cheering fishermen. He admitted to being drunk at the time and recommended that others not engage in such activities.[11][12][13][14]

On 21 August 2014 the decapitated bodies of two New Zealand fur seals were found near Louth Bay. The circumstances surrounding their death were considered suspicious and an investigation was undertaken.[15]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Search results for 'Louth Bay, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Postcode for Louth Bay, South Australia". Postcodes Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ "District of Flinders Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics NORTH SHIELDS (PORT LINCOLN AWS)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Louth Bay (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Name of Township of Lawrence To be Altered to Louth Bay". Port Lincoln Times. XIV, (680). South Australia. 21 November 1940. p. 1. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "Search result for "Laurence (GTWN)" (Record no. SA0038919) with the following layers selected - "Government Towns" and " Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Anglers worried about aquaculture" ABC News (2008-01-31). Retrieved 2014-01-19.
  10. ^ "Aquaculture accused of causing bay pollution" ABC News (2006-04-07). Retrieved 2014-01-19.
  11. ^ "Man catches shark with bare hands". News.com.au. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  12. ^ Holroyd, Jane (16 February 2007). "Shark-eating man 'just snapped'". The Age. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  13. ^ Jeanes, Tim (16 February 2007). "The World Today - Man attacks shark". ABC. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Vodka, shark chaser". News.com.au. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Headless fur seals found on beach in SA treated as suspicious by authorities". ABC. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.