Oodla Wirra, South Australia

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Oodla Wirra
South Australia
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Halfway Hotel at Oodla Wirra
Oodla Wirra is located in South Australia
Oodla Wirra
Oodla Wirra
Coordinates32°52′59″S 139°03′47″E / 32.883°S 139.063°E / -32.883; 139.063Coordinates: 32°52′59″S 139°03′47″E / 32.883°S 139.063°E / -32.883; 139.063[1]
Population3 (2016 census)[2]
Established1889
Elevation505 m (1,657 ft)[3]
Location259 km (161 mi) N of Adelaide
LGA(s)District Council of Peterborough
RegionYorke and Mid North[1]
CountyHerbert[1]
State electorate(s)Stuart
Localities around Oodla Wirra:
Dawson Nackara
Oodla Wirra
Ucolta Parnaroo

Oodla Wirra (formerly Penn) is a small town in the upper Mid North of South Australia. It is on the Barrier Highway approximately halfway from Adelaide to Broken Hill.

When the railway was built in 1880, a siding was provided, named Oodla Wirra. Soon after, a town was surveyed near the siding, but it was named Penn. This naming conflict continued until 1940, when the town was renamed Oodla Wirra, to match the railway station.[4][5]

Railway[edit]

Oodla Wirra is a former railway town, as it was on the narrow-gauge railway between Port Pirie and Cockburn (where it connected to the Silverton Tramway to Broken Hill). When the Commonwealth Government replaced the narrow gauge line with a standard gauge line, the revised route passed south and east of the town.

A railway guard was killed in a shunting accident in the Oodla Wirra railyards in 1909.[6]

In 1889, ironstone flux was mined from a failed silver mine a few miles away, and carted to Oodla Wirra to be transported by rail to the smelters at Port Pirie.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Search result for 'Oodla Wirra, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Counties', "Hundreds', 'SA Government Regions', 'Local Government Areas', 'Government Towns' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian government. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Oodla Wirra (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Search result for 'Oodla Wirra Railway Station' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian government. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Placename Details: Penn". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. 12 May 2011. SA0054343. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  5. ^ "NEW TOWN NAMES APPROVED". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 26 July 1940. p. 10. Retrieved 5 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "RAILWAY ACCIDENT". The Register (Adelaide). LXXIV, (19, 434). South Australia. 25 February 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 23 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "A New Local Industry". Petersburg Times. II, (102). South Australia. 19 July 1889. p. 4. Retrieved 23 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.