Price, South Australia

Price is a town and locality on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.[1] It is within the Yorke Peninsula Council local government area and is 131 kilometres (81 mi) north west of the centre of state capital, Adelaide.

South Australia
General store and post office
Coordinates34.2879°S 137.992921°E / -34.2879; 137.992921[1]
Population256 (2006 census)[2]
Established3 August 1882 (town)
27 May 1999 (locality)[3][4]
LGA(s)Yorke Peninsula Council
RegionYorke and Mid North[5]
State electorate(s)Narungga[6]
Federal Division(s)Grey[7]
Mean max temp[8] Mean min temp[8] Annual rainfall[8]
22.6 °C
73 °F
10.8 °C
51 °F
330.1 mm
13 in
Localities around Price:
Clinton Centre Clinton Centre
Gulf St Vincent
Price Gulf St Vincent
Dowlingville Gulf St Vincent Gulf St Vincent
FootnotesAdjoining localities[1]

At the 2006 census, Price and the surrounding district had a population of 256.[2]

History and development

The township, which was proclaimed on 3 August 1882,[3] is near the northern boundary of the Hundred of Cunningham.[1]

It was named by Sir William Jervois, Governor of South Australia 1877-83, after his daughter in law, Florence Annie Price, who married John Jervois, his eldest son. She was a daughter of Henry Strong Price, a pioneer pastoralist of the Flinders Ranges.[9]

Boundaries for the locality were created on 27 May 1999 for the "long established name."[4]

The principal local industries are grain farming and salt production. In the case of the latter, approximately 170,000 tonnes of sea salt is harvested from 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of coastal salt pans each year.[10]

Tourism facilities are limited to the Wheatsheaf Hotel, established 1886, and a caravan park.

Wills Creek

Although not right on the coast, Price has a causeway running to a mangrove-fringed tidal creek, Wills Creek, which connects it with the sea (Gulf St Vincent). At the end of the causeway there is a public boat ramp. Once outside the creek, fishing is plentiful.

Wills Creek is a very sheltered anchorage for boats and, in earlier times, it was from here that bagged salt and grain was loaded onto ketches for export. These products are now transported in bulk form by road. A 1911 newspaper reported that most of the ketches visiting Price via Wills Creek had, on at least one visit, suffered the inconvenience of being stuck in the mud of the creek at low tide.[11]

See also


  1. "Search results for 'Hardy, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'NPW and Conservation Properties', 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Government Towns', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions', 'Gazetteer' and 'Roads'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Price (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  3. Bray, J.C. (3 August 1882). "Untitled proclamation re the Town of Price" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 2414. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. Kentish, P.M. (27 May 1999). "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES ACT 1991 Notice to Assign Boundaries and Names to Places (...within the District Council of Yorke Peninsula...)" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. South Australian Government. p. 2696. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. "Yorke and Mid North SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  6. Narungga (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  7. "Federal electoral division of Grey" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics PRICE (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. Manning, Geoff, "Place Names: Price", Manning Index of South Australian History, State Library of South Australia, retrieved 12 January 2018
  10. Harbison, Pat; Kirkegaard, Ian; Cugley, John; Gackle, Angela (August 2009), Gulf St Vincent: a precious asset (PDF), Friends of Parks Inc / Friends of Gulf St Vincent, p. 14, ISBN 9780646520438, retrieved 12 January 2018
  11. "THE COUNTRY. PRICE. October 10". South Australian Register. Adelaide. 12 October 1911. p. 9. Retrieved 1 August 2016. Most of the ketches calling here have at various times been stuck in the creek at low water and have had to wait, often at great inconvenience, for the tide to refloat them.

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