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Grace Plains, South Australia

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Grace Plains
South Australia
Pinery Fire Memorial, Grace Plains
Grace Plains
Grace Plains
Coordinates34°22′01″S 138°28′01″E / 34.367°S 138.467°E / -34.367; 138.467Coordinates: 34°22′01″S 138°28′01″E / 34.367°S 138.467°E / -34.367; 138.467
Population54 (2016 census)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
Location64 km (40 mi) north of Adelaide
LGA(s)Adelaide Plains Council
Wakefield Regional Council[3]
State electorate(s)Frome[4]
Federal division(s)Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.6 °C
74 °F
9.7 °C
49 °F
389.0 mm
15.3 in
Localities around Grace Plains:
Pinery Pinery
Calomba Grace Plains Barabba
Calomba Mallala Barabba
Adjoining localities[6]

Grace Plains is a rural locality in South Australia on the northern Adelaide Plains about 64 kilometres (40 mi) north of the state capital of Adelaide. It is divided between the Adelaide Plains Council and the Wakefield Regional Council. The formal boundaries were established in June 1997 for the long established local name with respect of the section in the District Council of Mallala (now Adelaide Plains Council); the portion in the Wakefield council was added in January 2000.[3][6] It is named after Grace Montgomery Farrell, widow of Rev C. B. Howard, the first South Australian Colonial Chaplain; she later married James Farrell, Dean of Adelaide.[8]

The first school started in 1865 in a building constructed to be both the school and the Primitive Methodist church.[9] Grace Plains School opened in 1894 and closed in 1969.[10] It also had a Methodist (originally Bible Christian) Church, which opened in 1868 and closed in 1971.[11] The church is now a private residence and the former school was destroyed in the 2015 Pinery bushfire.[12] The former recreation reserve 'Moquet Lee' is located behind the church where there is also the Grace Plains cemetery.[13]

Grace Plains Post Office opened in October 1879 and closed on 3 April 1884. It reopened on 22 September 1897 and closed on 30 September 1903.[14][15]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Grace Plains". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 September 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Grace Plains, South Australia (postcode)". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Search result(s) for Grace Plains, 5502". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. ^ Frome (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ Narungga (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Search result(s) for Grace Plains, 5502 with following layers selected - "surburbs and localities"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics ROSEWORTHY AWS (nearest station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  8. ^ Praite, R (1970). Place names of South Australia. Rigby. ISBN 0-85179-083-6.
  9. ^ "GRACE PLAINS". South Australian Weekly Chronicle. Vol. VII, no. 357. South Australia. 10 June 1865. p. 1 (Supplement to the South Australian Weekly Chronicle). Retrieved 3 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Grace Plains School". Mallala Now and Then. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Grace Plains Methodist Church". Mallala Now and Then. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Grace Plains School burnt".
  13. ^ "Mallala now and then - Moquet Lee Reserve".
  14. ^ "Grace Plains (1)". Post Office Reference. Premier Postal. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Grace Plains (2)". Post Office Reference. Premier Postal. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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