Polish Hill River, South Australia
|Polish Hill River|
Church museum at Polish Hill River
|LGA(s)||District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys|
Following earlier pastoralism, closer settlement in the area began in the early 1850s, with the arrival of Irish Catholic migrants, including the Barry, Sullivan, Erwin, and Rochford families who were all from Glendalough, County Wicklow. The first white child born at Hill River was claimed to be James Erwin, in 1853. Polish Hill River was also established in the 1850s south of the Hill River settlement, around the church of St. Stanislaus Kostka by Polish Catholic immigrants. These included Dr Anton Sokolowsky (d.1862).
The former church now houses a museum of Polish migrants to South Australia. Several well-known wineries exist in the Polish Hill River area, including Pikes, Pauletts, Wilson Vineyard and Little Brampton Wines. Grossett Wines also source grapes from this area. A circuit from the Riesling Trail, the Father Rogalski Loop, provides a walking and cycling entry to the Polish Hill River region.
- "Placename Details: Polish Hill River (LOCB)". Property Location Browser Report. Government of South Australia. 13 November 2008. SA0056539. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- Edward Eyre's Autobiographical Narrative, 1832-1839, Caliban Books, 1984, p.205.
- "OBITUARY". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 6 June 1938. p. 16. Retrieved 8 October 2018 – via National Library of Australia. continues in http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35586120
- "Polish Hill River Church Museum". Polish Hill River Church Museum. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
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