Peake, South Australia

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South Australia
Pollys Well.jpg
Polly's Well, at Peake
Peake is located in South Australia
Coordinates35°21′S 139°57′E / 35.350°S 139.950°E / -35.350; 139.950Coordinates: 35°21′S 139°57′E / 35.350°S 139.950°E / -35.350; 139.950[1]
Population117 (2016 census)[2]
Established8 August 1907 (town)
24 August 2000 (locality)[3][4]
Elevation24 m (79 ft)[5]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)Coorong District Council[1]
RegionMurray and Mallee[1]
State electorate(s) Hammond[6]
Federal Division(s)Barker[7]
Mean max temp[8] Mean min temp[8] Annual rainfall[8]
23.6 °C
74 °F
9.2 °C
49 °F
341.5 mm
13.4 in
Localities around Peake:
Sherlock Sherlock
Sherlock Peake Jabuk
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

Peake is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia situated along the Mallee Highway (B12), approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of the state capital of Adelaide.[1]

At the 2016 census, Peake had a population of 117.[2]


The town of Peake was proclaimed on 8 August 1907.[3] It was surveyed during May 1907 and its name is derived from the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Peake which itself is derived from Archibald Henry Peake, a South Australian politician who served three terms as the Premier of South Australia.[1][9]

Along one of the major railway lines of the time, many settlers and travelers passed along the route.[10]

The town of Peak was the seat for the District Council of Peake which was established on 16 November 1911.[11][12] In 1997, the district council was amalgamated with the District Council of Coonalpyn Downs and the Meningie District Council to form the Coorong District Council.[13]

Boundaries for the locality of Peake were created on 24 August 2000.[4]

Peake Historical Walk[edit]

The Baptist Church, and former bakery, at Peake

A walk established for visitors to show the historic landmarks of Peake. The relatively short walk takes highlights all of the first facilities built when the town was settled in the 1900s.

The first historical landmark is Polly's Well which is located next to the rest stop. Polly's Well was sunk in 1877 and supplied the whole town with water. The next stop on the walk is the old Station Masters house which was built in 1912. The last station master died in the house and was found weeks later. Next there is the Peake store (built 1937) which is now used as the Tavern. The other historic facilities that are still being used to this day are the Post Office (1912) and the Bakehouse/Church (1908). The final landmarks include Peake School (1929), Butcher Shop (1900s), Saddlery (1912) and the town Garage which was used from 1956 to 1974.

Pamphlets are available at the rest stop opposite the town oval.


A Christian youth music festival, Silos 07, organised by former residents of Peake and the local Baptist church, was held in early March 2007 at the local football ground. Following the success of this event, Silos 08 was held on 11 October 2008, featuring Matt Corby and Fatis Valor as the headline artists. The town population grows by 10 fold during the festival.


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  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Peake (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 April 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Kirkpatrick, A.A. (8 August 1907). "Town of Peak" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 299. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991, Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places {within the Coorong District Council)" (PDF), The South Australian Government Gazette: 596, 24 August 2000, retrieved 6 April 2019
  5. ^ "Search results for 'Peake Railway Station' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Government Towns' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ "District of Hammond profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Federal electoral division of Barker, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Summary (climate) statistics KAROONDA (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia, Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names - P" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Mallee Bound". South Australia Central. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 4 March 2007.
  11. ^ Wallis, F.S. (16 November 1911). "Constitution of District of Peake" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 1004. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  12. ^ "A NEW DISTRICT COUNCIL". The Mount Barker Courier And Onkaparinga And Gumeracha Advertiser. 29, (1498). South Australia. 2 July 1909. p. 2. Retrieved 6 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ Kerin, R.G. (13 February 1997). "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1934 SECTIONS 7 AND 14: AMALGAMATION OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF COONALPYN DOWNS, THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF MENINGIE AND THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF PEAKE" (PDF). The Government Gazette of South Australia. Government of South Australia. pp. 900–903. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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