Auburn, SA 5451

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Bailliere's South Australian Gazetteer and Road Guide 1866 - Auburn

Auburn, 32 2' S. lat., 138 10' E.long (Co. Stanley,) is a postal township in the electoral district of Stanley, hundred of upper Wakefield, and under the control of the upper Wakefield district council. It is situated on the river Wakefield, and on the great northern train line of road from Adelaide, and lies about 33 miles from port Wakefield, the chief outlet for wool and wheat. In the township there is a steam flour mill (Field's) and a brewery in progress; there has also been recently erected a town hall, built by a limited liability company of 800 shares, 2 10s each. Adamson Brothers' coach factory, in Auburn, employs a large numbers of hands. The district is purely agricultural, chiefly wheat and hay being grown. The township lies within 30 miles W. of the Burra Burra mines, and the nearest places are Undalya, 3 miles S; Saddleworth, 8 miles S.E.; Leasingham, 4 miles N; and Mintaro, 8 miles E.; the communication being by coach along main lines of road. The communication with Adelaide, 80 miles S.; is by coach to Kapunda, 30 miles, and by rail from thance, 50 miles, or by port Wakefield, 33 miles, a tramway to the latter place having been under consideration for some time. Auburn has a mechanics' institute, schoolhouse, Episcopalian church, and Bible Christian chapel, post and money order office, local courthouse, and telegraph and police stations. The hotels are the Rising Sun inn, established 15 years, and the District hotel, lately established. There is a public pond. branches of the South Australian insurance and National bank, a local court, and 2 resident magistrates, P. Macnamara, and J. Morgan, Esqs. The district is well supplied with limestone, sand, and the finest building stone in the colony, and the country is undulating and well wooded, the timber mostly honeysuckle and gum, the soil being a rich loam. The population numbers about 200 persons. About 7 miles west of Auburn are extensive plains extending for many miles, formerly sheep-runs, which are now being brought under cultivation, the young crops looking exceedingly promising.