Peake, South Australia
Polly's Well, at Peake
|Population||231 (2006 census)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACDT (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||Coorong District Council|
Peake is a small rural community in South Australia situated along the Mallee Highway (B12), approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) east of Adelaide. At the 2006 census, Peake had a population of 231.
Peake was settled in 1912 as a farming community and named after the Premier at the time, Archibald Henry Peake (1909). Along one of the major railway lines of the time, many settlers and travelers passed along the route.
In 1997, the District Council of Peake amalgamated with the District Council of Coonalpyn Downs and Meningie District Council to form the Coorong District Council.
Peake Historical Walk
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 the Peake area 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.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Peake (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "Mallee Bound". South Australia Central. 3 October 2004. Retrieved 2007-03-04.