Truro, South Australia

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South Australia
Truro Main Street.jpg
The Sturt Highway, the main street of Truro, (looking west towards the Barossa Valley and Adelaide)
Truro is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°24′0″S 139°07′0″E / 34.40000°S 139.11667°E / -34.40000; 139.11667Coordinates: 34°24′0″S 139°07′0″E / 34.40000°S 139.11667°E / -34.40000; 139.11667
Population 395 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1847
Postcode(s) 5356
State electorate(s) Schubert
Localities around Truro:
St Kitts Dutton Dutton East, Steinfeld
Ebenezer Truro Annadale, Sandleton
Stockwell Keyneton, Moculta Sedan, Towitta

Truro (postcode 5356, altitude 311m) is a town in South Australia, 80 km northeast of Adelaide. It is situated in an agricultural and pastoral district on the Sturt Highway, east of the Barossa Valley, where the highway crosses somewhat lofty and rugged parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges. At the 2011 census, Truro had a population of 395.[1]

Truro is in the Mid Murray Council local government area, the South Australian House of Assembly electoral district of Schubert and the Australian House of Representatives Divisions of Barker and Wakefield.


The town was established on Truro Creek (White Hut Creek) in 1848 by John Howard Angas, the son of George Fife Angas who had bought the land in 1842. The survey was conducted by Thomas Burr, assisted by his (eventual) son in law Frederick Sinnett, during a period when both were freed from their usual commitments in order to pursue private contracts.

It is named after the city of Truro in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is somewhat uncertain whether the name Truro was given by Angas, or the first settlers in the town, but with the Wheal Barton mine nearby, many of those settlers were Cornish miners, so it is quite likely that if they were not the namers of the town, they were certainly the inspiration thereof.


The first industry that European settlers introduced to Truro district, from the early 1840s, was pastoralism, primarily the grazing of sheep flocks, watched over by shepherds, on unfenced occupation licenses. Many of the picturesque dry stone walls so prevalent in the district date from this era.

Copper was discovered in 1846 and was mined at the Wheal Barton mine 2 km east of Truro from 1849 to 1889 and again between 1956 and 1972.[2] These copper mines are what led to the survey and establishment of the town.

Truro was the terminus of the Truro railway line from its opening in 1917[3] until it ceased operating in the 1970s and was permanently closed in the 1980s.

Rainfall in Truro is lower than in the neighbouring Barossa Valley region. For this reason dry grain crop farming, mainly of wheat and barley, is more prevalent than viticulture.

There are two hotels in Truro. The town is also notable for its service facilities, particularly its bakeries, which provide refreshment for tourists and travellers along the Sturt Highway. The breads and pastries are remarkable, not only for their large range but also for unifying traditional English and Cornish cuisine with German from the nearby Barossa Valley.

Truro Murders[edit]

During the 1970s the town of Truro gained unwarranted notoriety due to human remains being found scattered among nondescript Mallee scrub upon the arid Murray Plains near Sandleton. This became widely known as the Truro murders, one of the notable occurrences of serial killing in Australian history. Those human remains were actually found many tens of kilometres away from Truro, but, despite these tragic crimes being unrelated to the Truro township, the broadcast media found 'Truro' to be a convenient label for them through being the nearest town recognizable to the public.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Truro (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Janes, Martin; Whittaker, Eric (19 August 2014). "High quality copper target defined at Wheal Barton" (PDF). ASX Announcement. Terramin Australia. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "THE TRURO RAILWAY.". The Advertiser (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 26 September 1917. p. 10. Retrieved 10 February 2014.