Nairne, South Australia

Nairne is a small township in South Australia, founded by Matthew Smillie in 1839 and named for his wife's family.[2] Nairne is about 7 kilometres (4 mi) from Mount Barker, South Australia, in the federal Division of Mayo and in the state electoral district of Kavel. At the 2011 census, Nairne had a population of 4,198.[1]


Nairne began as a town on Princes Highway, which used to be the main traffic route from Sydney to Adelaide (via Melbourne) before the South Eastern Freeway superseded this section of highway in 1969.

In 1854 the District Council of Nairne was established to govern local affairs of the town and its surrounds extending past Callington to the east.[3]

In 2003, the main street was transformed for a section of the movie The Honourable Wally Norman, which was filmed using various areas of the Adelaide Hills, including Mount Barker, Nairne and Lobethal.


Nairne has several shops on the main street, a school, and two churches (CRC and Lutheran). It is about 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Mount Barker and about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Littlehampton.

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Nairne (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 October 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Manning's Placenames of South Australia". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Proclamations - District of Nairne" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette (35 ed.). Government of South Australia. 1853: 572. 1 September 1853. Retrieved 14 August 2019.

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