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Goyder, South Australia

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South Australia
Coordinates34°04′55″S 138°16′27″E / 34.0819°S 138.2741°E / -34.0819; 138.2741Coordinates: 34°04′55″S 138°16′27″E / 34.0819°S 138.2741°E / -34.0819; 138.2741
Location107 km (66 mi) N of Adelaide
LGA(s)Wakefield Regional Council
RegionMid North
State electorate(s)Narungga
Federal division(s)Grey
Localities around Goyder:
Nantawarra Nantawarra
Mount Templeton
Mount Templeton
Beaufort Goyder Whitwarta
Port Wakefield Bowmans, Whitwarta Saints
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

Goyder (33°58′S 138°19′E / 33.967°S 138.317°E / -33.967; 138.317; postcode: 5461) is a locality in South Australia's Mid North[1] situated in the central east of the cadastral Hundred of Goyder.[1][2] It was named for the hundred (proclaimed 1862) which was in turn named for George Goyder, Surveyor General of South Australia at the time.

The locality is bounded on the west by the Adelaide-Port Augusta railway line. The Black Range stretches north–south through the locality from the foot of Mount Templeton outside the northern boundary of the locality. Similarly, the Bismark Valley (thought to be named in jest by early settler families of German origin for Otto von Bismarck) runs north to south through the centre of the locality.[3]

Traditional occupants

According to the Manning Index of South Australian History the "Nantuwwara [sic] tribe of some 25 to 30 once occupied the country from the River Wakefield, north to Whitwarta and west to Hummock Range", an area which would encompass the modern localities of Bowmans, Whitwarta, Goyder, Beaufort, Nantawarra and Mount Templeton. The term Nantuwara (or Nantuwaru) is considered to be a specific name for the northern hordes of the Kaurna people.[4] Stone implements thought to have been used by the Nantuwara people were discovered at sites adjoining the banks of the lower reaches of the River Wakefield and added to a South Australian Museum collection curated by Harold Cooper in the 1960s.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Placename Details: Goyder". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. SA0027239. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Placename Details: Hundred of Goyder". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. SA0027264. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Derivation of Name: George Woodroffe Goyder Surveyor General; Other Details: Area 99 1/2 square miles. George Woodroffe Goyder, CMG, Surveyor General.
  3. ^ "Placename Details: Bismark Valley". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. SA0046566. Retrieved 26 February 2019. [...] Probably named by the German settlers as nearly all the pioneer's farming in the gully were owned by people of German origin (including the Dohse, Lange, Baum & Zerk families), who had first settled in the Barossa and later moved when this land opened up. The settlers had no known affinity with or for Otto Von Bismark, Chancellor of Germany at that time, & according to oral family tradition it seems that in adopting the name they were having a joke on themselves. Bismark Gully is a long valley running generally south from the foot of Mt Templeton [...]
  4. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "Place names: Nantawarra". Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia.
  5. ^ Cooper, H.M. (1961). "Archaeological stone implements along the lower River Wakefield, South Australia". Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. 34: 105–118.
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