Iron Baron, South Australia

Iron Baron was a settlement associated with the Iron Baron iron ore mine[7] (32°59′48″S 137°09′30″E) on Eyre Peninsula at the southern edge of South Australia's Far North region, 413 kilometres (257 miles) north-west of Adelaide.[8]

Iron Baron
South Australia
Iron Baron
Coordinates32°59′54″S 137°09′26″E[1]
Established26 April 2013[2][3][1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)Pastoral Unincorporated Area[1]
RegionFar North[1]
County York[1]
State electorate(s) Giles[4]
Federal Division(s)Grey[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
23.8 °C
75 °F
11.5 °C
53 °F
266.8 mm
10.5 in
Suburbs around Iron Baron:
Myola Station Myola Station Myola Station
Myola Station Iron Baron Myola Station
Myola Station Myola Station Myola Station
Adjoining localities[1]

The settlement was situated about 200 metres from the eastern boundary of the mine. BHP owned and serviced the settlement, having built it about 1938. There were several dozen houses, a one-teacher primary school, a general store, oval, swimming pool, netball courts, picnic areas and licensed community club.[9][10]

Before the mine’s re-opening in 2011, BHP bulldozed all the settlement's surface infrastructure, including buildings, into a pit at the mine. Employees now commute from Whyalla or elsewhere.

Operation of the nearby mine

The Iron Baron mine is one of several large orebodies in the Middleback Range, with a production capacity of about two million tonnes of haematite a year.[11] Built by BHP in 1933, it went out of operation between 1947 and 1958; it was re-opened in 2011.[12] On-site facilities now include a fully functional ore beneficiation plant.

See also


  1. "Search result for 'Iron Baron, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Local Government areas', 'SA Government Regions', 'Counties', 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Electorates State 2018', 'Electorates Federal 2016' and 'Gazetteer'". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. Conlon, Patrick (26 April 2013). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Create Boundaries of Places and Alter Boundaries of Places (shown on Rack Plan 951)" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. South Australian Government. p. 1170. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. "PROPOSED LOCALITY BOUNDARIES FOR PASTORAL AREAS - , RACK PLAN 951" (PDF). South Australian Government. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  4. "Electoral district of Giles". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  5. "Electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. "Summary statistics WHYALLA AERO". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  7. "2905.0 – Statistical Geography: Volume 2 – Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  8. "Far North SA government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  9. Mills, Bruce (1991). "Reflections on Iron Barron [sic] Primary School". Mills Family. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  10. "Iron Baron". Sydney Morning Herald: Travel. Sydney Morning Herald. 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  11. Swallow, Julian (19 September 2012). "Reopening of Arrium's Iron Baron mine sign of 'rejuvenation' says Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  12. "Iron Baron – South Australia". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
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