Purnong, South Australia

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South Australia
Purnong is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°51′15″S 139°37′25″E / 34.8542°S 139.6237°E / -34.8542; 139.6237Coordinates: 34°51′15″S 139°37′25″E / 34.8542°S 139.6237°E / -34.8542; 139.6237
LGA(s)Mid Murray Council
State electorate(s)Chaffey
Federal Division(s)Barker
Localities around Purnong:
Walker Flat Forster Nildottie
Caurnamont Purnong Claypans

Purnong or Purnong Landing is the location of a cable ferry across the Murray River upstream of Mannum.[1] The town is on the cliffs above the left (eastern) bank of the river. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) by road from Mannum on the west side of the Murray, and 40 kilometres (25 mi) on the east side.

The town was surveyed in 1911 and named for an Aboriginal word meaning at the wide place.[2][3] The ferry crossing is the shortest in South Australia, but there are lagoons adjacent to the river.

Purnong Primary School closed in December 1983.[4]

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  1. ^ "Ferry locations and operational status". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Placename Details: Purnong". Government of South Australia Department of Planning, transport and Infrastructure. 4 March 2010. SA0057175. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ Manning Index of Place Names of South Australia State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, pp. 510–514, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2