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Opening of Yorketown hall
Title : Opening of Yorketown hall Opening of Yorketown hall
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Creator : Croser, Lindsay Wilfred, 1905-1974
Date of creation : 1952-1957
Format : Film
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Film footage of the opening of a hall at Yorketown by South Australian Premier Tom Playford. The footage is taken from a collection of amateur films taken by Lindsay Croser, pastoralist and agriculturalist of Warooka on Yorke Peninsula, which record the farming activities on his property 'Barooke' and local events.

Settled by Europeans from the late 1840s, the area in which Yorketown is situated was originally called Weaner's Flat, because each season lambs from Penton Vale Station grazed on it after weaning. The Hundred of Melville was proclaimed in February 1869. Two settlers, Charles Beaumont and Frederick Stanley, applied for the first sections of land. The town was established in 1872 and was at the time referred to as Yorke but was known as Yorketown from 1876. The Yorke Hotel, still in existence, kept the earlier name of the town.

Yorketown is surrounded by around 200 salt lakes and lagoons. The largest of the lakes is Lake Fowler. Much of the early prosperity of the town came from collecting, bagging and transporting the salt. The peak of production was in 1918 when 57,000 tons was processed. In the 1950s the salt refinery at Edithburgh closed and the salt industry of the southern Yorke Peninsula declined.

Related names :

Playford, Thomas, Sir, 1896-1981

Period : 1946-1979
Place : Yorketown
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :
Internet links :

Manning Index of South Australian History See: Place names: XYZ: Yorke Peninsula-Zion Hill: Yorketown

Yorke Peninsula [South Australian Tourism Commission]



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