Paracombe, South Australia

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Paracombe
AdelaideSouth Australia
Paracombe is located in South Australia
Paracombe
Paracombe
Coordinates34°51′01″S 138°46′43″E / 34.850238°S 138.778668°E / -34.850238; 138.778668Coordinates: 34°51′01″S 138°46′43″E / 34.850238°S 138.778668°E / -34.850238; 138.778668[1]
Population343 (2011 census)[2]
Established1841
Postcode(s)5132
Location24 km (15 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s)
State electorate(s)Newland
Federal Division(s)Mayo
Localities around Paracombe:
Houghton Inglewood Chain of Ponds
Highbury Paracombe Cudlee Creek
Castambul

Paracombe is a small town near Adelaide, South Australia. At the 2011 census, Paracombe had a population of 343.[2]

Geography[edit]

Paracombe is located south of Inglewood on the road out of Adelaide via Athelstone (Gorge Road).

History[edit]

The name probably originates from the Little Para River whose headwaters are in the area. It was settled in 1840–41 by John Barton Hack and John Richardson, and was a sheep station until the beginning of the 20th century. It was subdivided and, with an influx of smaller landholders, a school, post office, church and recreation hall were built, but the town did not grow much beyond this.[3]

In 1966, work started on the Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, a dam of the River Torrens, and in 1969 it was completed at a cost of $5.3 million. Apart from supplying water to eastern Adelaide, it also serves a flood protection role and holds 19,160 megalitres.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Paracombe has a primary school, a recreation centre and a Country Fire Station.

Transport[edit]

The area is not serviced by Adelaide Metro public transport. A coach is operated from Tea Tree Plaza Interchange to Gumeracha and Mount Pleasant by LinkSA.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Search results for 'Paracombe, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Paracombe (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Adelaide Hills Council – Historical Town Information Archived 25 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 15 June 2006
  4. ^ SA Water – Kangaroo Creek Reservoir Archived 24 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [1] Accessed 24 March 2016