Spalding, South Australia

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South Australia
Council chambers, Spalding.JPG
The former "District Council of Spalding" council chambers
Spalding is located in South Australia
Coordinates 33°29′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.48333°S 138.60000°E / -33.48333; 138.60000Coordinates: 33°29′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.48333°S 138.60000°E / -33.48333; 138.60000
Population 212 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1885 (district council proclaimed)[2]
Postcode(s) 5454
Elevation 309 m (1,014 ft)
LGA(s) Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey

Spalding is a town located north of the Clare Valley in South Australia, Australia. At the 2006 census, Spalding had a population of 212.[1]

It is mainly a farming community and also is home to a slate quarry.

Services in the town include a supermarket, hotel, school, gun supplies store, roadhouse, CFS station, state emergency service (SES), dedicated post office and police station.

Spalding is presumed to be named after the market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire in the UK.


Prior to 1869, there were five sheep runs in the Spalding area: Bundaleer, Booborowie, Canowie, Hill River and Bungaree. From this date, the Spalding area was made available to farmers and a farming-centred community grew.[2]

On 30 July 1885, the District Council of Spalding was proclaimed; it remained until 1997, when it merged into the Northern Areas Council. In 1925 a post office was built in Spalding.[2]

Spalding was serviced by a broad gauge railway line through the Clare Valley from Adelaide from its construction in 1922 until the last train in 1978.[3]

The historic Spalding Railway Bridge over the Broughton River and Bundaleer Reservoir site are both listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.[4][5][6]

Features of interest[edit]

  • The Heysen Trail runs past Spalding, which is approximately the midpoint of the 1200 km walking route.[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Spalding (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Spalding". Spalding Management Committee. Retrieved on 2009-06-24
  3. ^ "The declining years of the Clare Railway". Riesling Trail. The Wilson Vineyard. Retrieved 2006-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Spalding Railway Bridge over the River Broughton [Concrete Arch]". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bundaleer Reservoir Tower, Two Aqueducts, Three Weirs, Channel Systems and Reservoir Keeper's House". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Spalding, 5454". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Heysen Trail: Southern Guide: Cape Jervis to Spalding". Government of South Australia - Department for Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 2009-06-24.