Stockport, South Australia

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South Australia
Stockport is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°20′0″S 138°44′0″E / 34.33333°S 138.73333°E / -34.33333; 138.73333Coordinates: 34°20′0″S 138°44′0″E / 34.33333°S 138.73333°E / -34.33333; 138.73333
Population 234 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1845
Postcode(s) 5410
LGA(s) District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Stockport:
Alma Giles Corner Tarlee
Stockyard Creek Stockport Bethel
Hamley Bridge Linwood Fords

Stockport is a small town 73 kilometres (45 mi) north of Adelaide and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Tarlee in South Australia. It was laid out on section 1283, Hundred of Light in 1845 by Samuel Stocks junior, naming it for his birthplace, Stockport in Cheshire (now Greater Manchester), England.[2]

On the southern boundary of the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council area, it was once the heart of a small farming community. Stockport was a stop on the Peterborough railway line which opened past Stockport in 1869, connecting it to Adelaide.[3] The line closed in the 2000s.

Stockport today boasts a number of old stone homes, mixed with a number of new residences. At the 2006 census, Stockport had a population of 234.[1]

The Charles Todd Observatory, topped by a 7.5 metre dome, was built at Stockport c. 1970.[4] It is operated by the Astronomical Society of South Australia. It was closed in 2010 after being damaged in a severe storm, but reopened in 2016.[4]

Glenhaven Park Camp, an adventure park operated by the YMCA,[citation needed] is located off Ayliffe Bridge Road at Stockport (34°21′36″S 138°44′13″E / 34.360°S 138.737°E / -34.360; 138.737).[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Stockport (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Place Names of South Australia - Stockport". Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "ROSEWORTHY AND FORRESTERS RAILWAY.". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 10 July 1869. p. 12. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Charles Todd Observatory reopens five years after deemed unsafe from storm damage". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "FAQ - Glenhaven Park". Retrieved 7 March 2016. Where is Glenhaven Park? Ayliffes Bridge Rd Stockport SA 5410 which is 74 km north of Adelaide CBD and approximately 20 minutes' drive from Gawler. 
  6. ^ "Property Location Browser: Search for 'Glen Haven Park, HMSD' (ID SA0026291)". Retrieved 7 March 2016.