Point Pearce, South Australia

Point Pearce is a town in the Australian state of South Australia.[4] The town is located in the Yorke Peninsula Council local government area, 194 kilometres (121 mi) north west of the state capital, Adelaide. At the 2016 census, Point Pearce had a population of 91.[1] Point Pearce is about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north along the coast from Port Victoria, and along with Wardang Island, provides shelter for the small fishing and recreational port.

Point Pearce
South Australia
Point Pearce
Coordinates34°25′01″S 137°30′07″E
Population91 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Yorke Peninsula Council
State electorate(s)Narungga[3]
Federal Division(s)Grey

Soon after the establishment of Adelaide in 1836, settlers began moving into Yorke Peninsula. The British concepts of property ownership were incompatible with the Narunggas' nomadic lifestyle, resulting in the gradual displacement of the indigenous population. In 1868, the Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission was established by the Moravian missionary Reverend W. Julius Kuhn. After ten years, the mission was largely self-sufficient. Many of the buildings remain today.[2]

Gladys Elphick and the AFI award-winning actor Natasha Wanganeen grew up in Point Pearce.[5][6]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Point Pearce (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. "Yorke Peninsula". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011.
  3. Narungga (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  5. E M Fisher (2007). Australian Dictionary of Biography: Elphick, Gladys (1904–1988). Melbourne University Press. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  6. "Natasha Wanganeen". Deadly Vibe. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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