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Point Turton on Hardwicke Bay
Title : Point Turton on Hardwicke Bay Point Turton on Hardwicke Bay
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Source : Plan of the township of Hardwicke Bay, Point Turton, Yorke's Peninsula [cartographic material] : being subdivision of part Section 70, Hundred of Para Wurlie, County Fergusson .
Place Of Creation : [Adelaide
Publisher : s.n.]
Date of creation : 1877
Additional Creator : Evans, Thomas
Format : Map
Dimensions : 535 x 390 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Cadastral map of the town of Hardwicke Bay, Yorke Peninsula. Details include street names and lot numbers. Relief shown pictorially.

This subdivision of part of Section 70 of the Hundred of Para Wurlie was to be sold by auction on Tuesday, 13 November 1877, at 11 o'clock, by Messrs. Pizey & Reed, at White's rooms, King William Street, Adelaide. James Murdock had obtained the land grant in 1872 and subsequently subdivided the land in the expectation that it could be developed as the township of Hardwicke Bay. However, only four allotments were sold.

The sale of land occured shortly after the opening of the jetty at adjacent Point Turton. A jetty was petitioned for as early as 1874 and when completed in October 1877 was just over 90 metres long. It was needed for the export of the locally grown grain, as well as the convenient shipping of goods for inland Warooka. It was subsequently extended to 103.5 metres in 1882. Limestone mined nearby was exported from 1889. In 1903 Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd acquired the rights to the quarry, lengthened the jetty again and built houses for its workers. These were built along the clifftop rather than on Murdock's original grid plan. When the limestone quarries were closed in 1917 Point Turton was still an active port for the adjacent interior and ketches carried grain to Port Victoria for loading to large off-shore ships. In 1965 the township of Point Turton was laid out on part of Section 70, Hundred of Para Wurlie by F B Taheny, the site of Murdock's original Hardwicke Bay subdivision.

On 29 May 1926 the wooden steam tug Yulta (formerly the James Comrie) was beached when she developed a leak near Point Turton. She was later abandoned. The remains of the boiler can be found south of the jetty at low tide.

Coverage year : 1877
Place : Point Turton
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Collins, Neville C The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005

Warooka Historical Committee West of the Peesey: an account of a community: Warooka, Corny Point, Stenhouse Bay Warooka, S. Aust.: Warooka Historical Committee, 1976 pp.12-20 Point Turton

Southern Yorke's Peninsula [By our Special reporter] The Chronicle & Mail 8 December 1877 p. 4

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