Kanmantoo, South Australia

Kanmantoo is a settlement in South Australia.[1] It is southeast of Adelaide in the eastern Adelaide Hills. It is in the catchment basin of the Bremer River.


The town is named after the Kanmantoo mine about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) south, which opened in the 1840s and was owned by the South Australian Company. The mine was named by William Gilles after a local Aboriginal word.[2][3] The site of the old underground mine is now in a much larger opencut copper mine owned by .[4] It is in the Adelaide Geosyncline.


Kanmantoo is on the Old Princes Highway between Nairne and Callington, but most through traffic now bypasses the town on the South Eastern Freeway. The Adelaide-Wolseley railway line also passes near the mine, but there is no station at Kanmantoo.


  1. ^ “2905.0 – Statistical Geography: Volume 2 — Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006”. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ “Placename Details: Kanmantoo”. 5 February 2007. SA0033992. Retrieved 16 February 2015. Name originally applied by William Giles to a mine owned by the South Australian Company. Boundaries created in November 2003 for long established name.
  3. ^ “Placename Details: Hundred of Kanmantoo”. 29 January 2009. SA0033997. Retrieved 10 September 2018. Aboriginal word originally applied by W Giles to a mine owned by SA Company. Area 91 square miles.
  4. ^ “Kanmantoo Mine History”. Hillgrove Resources. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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