Flaxley, South Australia

Flaxley is a small settlement in the Adelaide Hills located 39 km south-east of the centre of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. It is situated in-between the larger towns of Echunga, Macclesfield and Meadows.

It is based near the property “Battunga” meaning “rolling hills” in Aboriginal vocabulary. The property was purchased by English settler Robert Davenport in 1843. After Robert died in 1896, the property remained in the Davenport family until 1914 when it was purchased by Professor William Lowrie, agriculturalist and Principal of Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia.[2] Professor Lowrie was able to carry out much important research at Battunga, including work on the use of super-phosphate on South Australian farms.[3]

The first church in Flaxley was built on the property which also served as a school. A Methodist church (which is now Uniting) was built in 1874. From 1899 to 1943 it was also used as a school.[4]

Although small, Flaxley is a historically important link in the regions history. It has a church, tennis club and a community hall. The name is taken from the village Flaxley in Gloucestershire.[4][5] Flaxley is part of the Battunga Country region in the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges.[6]

References

  1. ^ “Placename Details: Flaxley”. Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. 1 August 2007. SA0024296. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ “Battunga Weather – About Us”. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  3. ^ “Lowrie, William (1857 – 1933)”. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b “Flaxley”. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  5. ^ “The Manning Index of South Australia”. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  6. ^ “Battunga Country”. Retrieved 3 July 2007.