Saddleworth, South Australia

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South Australia
Belvidere Road, the main street of Saddleworth
Saddleworth is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°05′0″S 138°47′0″E / 34.08333°S 138.78333°E / -34.08333; 138.78333Coordinates: 34°05′0″S 138°47′0″E / 34.08333°S 138.78333°E / -34.08333; 138.78333
Population 425 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5413
  • 103 km (64 mi) north of Adelaide
  • 53 km (33 mi) south of Burra
  • 12 km (7 mi) south-east of Auburn
LGA(s) District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Wakefield

Saddleworth is a small town in the Mid North region of South Australia. The town is situated on the Gilbert River and along with neighbouring towns of Riverton, Rhynie and Tarlee the local area is known as the Gilbert Valley. The town in bisected by the Barrier Highway. At the 2006 census, Saddleworth had a population of 425.[1]

Saddleworth was originally established as one of many settlements on the road to Burra, and was named after Saddleworth Lodge pastoral station, a local landholding which itself was named after a town of Saddleworth in Greater Manchester (formerly in Yorkshire), England.[2] The Burra railway line passed through the town from 1870[3] until the early 2000s.

An old store on the Barrier Highway has been converted into a museum which focuses on the history of Saddleworth and the nearby towns of Waterloo, Marrabel, and Manoora.

Saddleworth is in the District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys local government area, the state electoral district of Frome and the federal Division of Wakefield.

The town has a 3km long Heritage Walking Trail which provides an insight into the history of the area. .[4]

In May 2016 the local store burned down. The store was also home to the town's Post Office.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Saddleworth (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ Shawfactor: History of Saddleworth
  3. ^ "OPENING OF THE NORTHERN EXTENSION RAILWAY.". South Australian Register. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 30 August 1870. p. 5. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Saddleworth & District Historical Society Museum". Retrieved 4 March 2015.