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RDA Yorke and Mid North Region

About the area

Name origin

The District Council of Peterborough is thought to be named after either Peter Doecke, an original landholder in the area, or ‘Peters Store’, the first general store in the area.

Location and boundaries

The District Council of Peterborough area is located in the Yorke and Mid North Region of South Australia, about 250 kilometres north of the Adelaide CBD. The District Council of Peterborough area is bounded by Unincorporated South Australia in the north and east, the Regional Council of Goyder area in the south, and the Northern Areas Council area and the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton area in the west.

Included areas

The District Council of Peterborough area includes the localities of Cavenagh, Dawson, Hardy, Minvalara, Nackara, Oodla Wirra, Paratoo, Parnaroo, Peterborough, Sunnybrae, Ucolta and Yongala.

Economic region
District Council of Peterborough

Land use

The District Council of Peterborough area is predominantly rural, with a township at Peterborough and a smaller township at Yongala. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, particularly wheat growing and grazing. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 3,000 square kilometres.

Transport

The District Council of Peterborough area is served by the Barrier Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the 1870s when the township of Peterborough was established. Rapid growth took place from the 1870s into the 1910s in and around the township, aided by the opening of railway lines, with the railway providing a link between iron ore mines at Broken Hill to the east, and iron and steel processing at Port Pirie to the west. The population gradually declined from the 1960s.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the District Council of Peterborough area were the Ngadjuri Aboriginal people.

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