Owen, South Australia
Post office and war memorial
|Population||272 (2011 census)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACDT (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||Wakefield Regional Council|
Owen (postcode 5460) is a rural community in the heart of the Adelaide Plains. Owen is 150 feet (46 m) above sea-level and receives a reliable 416 mm (about 16.5 inches) of rain annually and was first settled in about 1865. It is about 80 km north of Adelaide in South Australia and is approximately 40 minutes by road to the nearest main regional centre of Gawler. It is in the Wakefield Regional Council. There was a second railway siding about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) northwest of the Government Town of Owen named Woods. The small village by this station is now considered to be part of Owen. At the 2011 census, Owen had a population of 272.
The town services a small community of 634 people who live in the town and the surrounding postcode area. For a small town, Owen is very well serviced having a community Church, post office, bowling club, Country Fire Service (CFS) station, primary school, public swimming pools, a pub, children's playground and a golf course. In its heyday in the 1950s, Owen also had a bank, police station, drapery and a butcher.
The countryside surrounding Owen was once largely given over to sheep and cattle grazing. However, since the early 1990s the area has become better known for cropping (wheat, barley, canola, beans and, more recently, olives). The Adelaide-Balaklava broad-gauge railway line passed through Owen and the railway yard is marked by a series of massive concrete grain silos typical of this region. The town's other main feature is a typical 1940s large concrete water tower of 98 feet (30 m) in height.
The drift to country living and the expanding Adelaide city environs has seen a number of young families moving into the town. New homes are being established at the rate of 1-2 per year - a veritable building boom given the almost 40 years in which only a handful of homes were built in the town. In 1997, the primary school had only 35 pupils. By 2005, this number had risen to over 50, a sure sign of a stable future. Owen's main claim to fame is the annual small-horse carriage driving championships which are held on the town's oval around Easter time.
Owen was also home to the short-lived Owen's Weekly and Dalkey District Courier (3 October - 21 November 1908) , which was printed in parallel with the Hamley Bridge Express (3-31 October 1908) by T.W. Broadway. Each was printed in their respective town, and with different mastheads but the same content.
- Steele Hall, a former premier of South Australia and then federal politician came from Owen.
- Pru Goward, long-serving Australian Federal Government Commissioner for Sex Discrimination, came from Owen.
Notes and references
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Owen (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "Placename Details: Woods". property Location Browser. Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 15 September 2008. SA0024007. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- Laube, Anthony. "LibGuides: SA Newspapers: F-L". guides.slsa.sa.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-08-24.