Lyndoch is a town in Barossa Valley, located on the Barossa Valley Highway between Gawler and Tanunda, 58 km northeast of Adelaide. The town has an elevation of 175m and an average rainfall of 560.5mm. It is one of the oldest towns in South Australia.

The town is now primarily a service centre for the surrounding grape and wine industry and a dormitory town with a significant number of local residents commuting to the city of Adelaide each day for employment.

Lyndoch is in the Barossa Council. It is in the state electoral district of Schubert and the federal Division of Barker.

History

Lyndoch was named by Colonel William Light in December 1837 after his esteemed friend Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch under whom he served at the Battle of Barrosa outside Cadiz during the Peninsula War, in 1811. As in the naming of the Barossa Valley itself, it may have been an unfortunate mis-spelling that gave the town its name, but reflects the proper pronunciation of "Lynedoch".[3] The town was settled in 1839 and the village laid out later.

Lyndoch was declared a sister town to Georgetown, Texas as both Texas and South Australia celebrated their sesqui-centenaries in 1986.

Railway

Lyndoch was served by a station on the Barossa Valley railway line from its opening in 1911 to the cessation of passenger services in 1968. The station was also used for transport of good and timber.[4] Before the railway was built, there was considerable discussion about the route of the line near Lyndoch, and the location of the Lyndoch railway station.[5]

Cycling

Lyndoch is a stop on the Barossa Trail, a shared cycling and walking path that goes from the outskirts of Gawler through Lyndoch, Rowland Flat, Tanunda, Nuriootpa to Angaston). The Tour Down Under frequently finishes here.

Wineries

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Search results for 'Lyndoch, LOCB' with the following datasets being selected – 'NPW and Conservation Properties'. 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Government Towns', 'Counties', 'Local Government Areas','Postcodes', 'SA Government Regions', 'Gazetteer' and 'Roads'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lyndoch (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 May 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Barrosa and Lynedoch". The Register (Adelaide). XCI (26, 530). South Australia. 7 January 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 21 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "LYNDOCH". The Bunyip. Gawler, SA. 7 November 1924. p. 4. Retrieved 4 February 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "LYNDOCH RAILWAY STATION". The Observer. Adelaide. 4 April 1908. p. 41. Retrieved 4 February 2015 – via National Library of Australia.