Manoora is a settlement in the Mid North region of South Australia on the Barrier Highway and upper reaches of the Gilbert River.[1] It was also on the Peterborough railway line serving Burra until the line was closed. At the 2006 census, Manoora had a population of 277.[2]

The first Europeans to settle at Manoora, in about 1841, were the sheep pastoralists Edward and William Peter, of Scottish origin. Having established their head station near present Manoora, for a few years the brothers (or cousins) held extensive occupation licences reaching toward the Kapunda and Burra districts.[citation needed]

Manoora is named for another early station in the district owned by A W J Grant. The name is believed to be derived from a native name for a spring or water.[3]


  1. ^ "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Manoora (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Placename Details: Manoora". Property Location Browser. government of South Australia. 1 September 2008. SA0042541. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2015.