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Named for an Aboriginal word, Kula, meaning eucalyptus, Kulpara is located on the Copper Coast Highway between Port Wakefield and Paskeville. The Hundred of Kulpara comprising the land now occupied by Kulpara, Melton, and Paskeville was proclaimed on 12 June 1862 and surveyed in 1864 with European settlement beginning the following year. Kulpara township was surveyed in 1932 and proclaimed in 1934.

On the route from Port Wakefield to the Kulpara Mine a hotel, initially called the Miners' Arms but later the Travellers' Rest, was established, a kilometre west of Kulpara, in March 1867. Destroyed by fire in 1891, it was rebuilt but lost its licence in 1910. A store had been built next to the hotel, and in the 1930s a new store was opened in the township, operating as general store, post office and petrol station.

The District Council of Kulpara was proclaimed on 28 November 1878, with John Spry as Chairman. A community hall built in 1902 doubled as the Council Chambers. In 1953 the old hall was replaced by the Kulpara Soldiers' Memorial Hall.

The government school with 12 students opened in 1877 with a new class room being added in 1957. The old building was demolished in 1969, replaced by a new building accomodating late in the same year.

The foundation of the Bible Christian Church was laid on 15 September 1879, and the opening service held on Christmas Day 1879. A Sunday School was established in 1891. In 1933 a kindergarten hall was built adjacent to the church.

Kulpara has supported numerous sporting teams through its history, with football, cricket, tennis and shooting clubs attracting members at various time over the past century.

A cottage in Kulpara
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Kulpara Primary School
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