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Named after the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, Bute is 140 km north of Adelaide, toward the top of Yorke Peninsula between Kulpara and Port Broughton. 

Bute was surveyed in September 1883 and proclaimed on 13 March 1884.  The first Bute School, an iron building, was opened in 1886 with Miss Hammonds as the first teacher. A replacement school was built in 1892 with Mr. J Stuart as headmaster, and the third Bute School was opened by the Minister of Education, Hon. FW Coneybeer, on Friday 14 July 1911.

On that occasion, Hon. Peter Allen, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Wallaroo, told the gathered audience "they were lucky to see him in Bute, as he had come in a motor car over impassable roads ....They stayed at one place on the journey and were awakened at 6.30 in the morning, as they were told they would require an early start if they wished to reach Bute on Friday morning." (The Advertiser 14 July 1911, p. 11)

The Bute Football Club, the 'Roosters', was formed by a meeting called on 26 March 1892, and the site of the oval was cleared in 1896. The club won its first Premiership in 1909 and celebrated its centenary in 1992.

The foundation stone for the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary at Bute was laid on 29 April 1894 and construction was completed by January 1895.

Today Bute is a service centre for the region's primary producers.

A patriotic procession at Bute, South Australia
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Miss Mathews of Bute dressed as 'the Allies'
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