Olary, South Australia

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South Australia
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Olary Hotel
Olary is located in South Australia
Coordinates 32°16′51″S 140°19′35″E / 32.2809°S 140.3265°E / -32.2809; 140.3265Coordinates: 32°16′51″S 140°19′35″E / 32.2809°S 140.3265°E / -32.2809; 140.3265
Postcode(s) 5440
Elevation 285 m (935 ft)
LGA(s) Outback Communities Authority
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Olary is a settlement on the Barrier Highway in South Australia.[1] It is situated near Olary Creek and is one of the easternmost settlements in South Australia. The name "Olary" was first given to a nearby well or waterhole by pastoralists Duffield, Harrold and Hurd.[2]

This small settlement was established in the late 1880s to service the highway and the railway which pass through here. O'Lary Post Office opened on 12 October 1886, was renamed Oolarie around 1888 and Olary around 1896.[3] After the modernisation of transport which travelled between Adelaide and Broken Hill the village population declined. However it still has a hotel and general store to cater for the transient road and railway workers and travellers.[4]

The Flinders-Olary NatureLink includes the mountainous Flinders and Olary Ranges together with the connecting plains country to cover 6% of the South Australian state.[5]

In 2010 the historic Bimbowrie Cobb and Co coach house near Olary became the scene of a traditional restoration operation with almost 20 tradespeople attending a five-day training course in stonemasonry restoration techniques. Low-security prisoners from the Port Augusta Prison were among those who assisted with the project.[6]

The nearby Mount Victoria Well & Whim Historic Site is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[7]

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  1. ^ "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Names of Railway Stations". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 24 March 1915. p. 4. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  4. ^ Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Sydney, NSW: Reader's Digest. 1993. p. 526. ISBN 0-86438-399-1. 
  5. ^ "Flinders-Olary NatureLink". Nature Links. Department for Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Historic building rekindles stonemasonry skills". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mount Victoria Well & Whim Historic Site, including boiler, tank, trough and wind pump, Plumbago Station". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 12 February 2016.