Gawler Thematic History - Pastoralism and Primary Production

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Pastoralism and Primary Production

In his survey Light provided a prescient forecast of the Gawler area’s potential as both a hub for transport to the North and the Murray river from Adelaide but also for settlement for both agricultural and wine growing purposes 27.

Following relatively slow settlement in the first decade, the 1860s-80s saw Gawler's prosperity rise to a peak and its important position in the economy of the Colony become widely recognised, largely as a result of its response to opportunities from agricultural (and latterly mining) production. This was a time of general prosperity in South Australia. The extension of agriculture to the north (over a half a million acres were occupied between 1869 and 1872) resulted in a great increase in grain production and new impetus for the Gawler mills being built by the entrepreneurs of the time. Of even more significance was the demand from farmers for a wide range of agricultural implements to clear and plough their land and from the newly settled districts for railways to bring supplies and take away their grain.


This report has been prepared by the following people:

• Nancy Cromar (Flightpath Architects)

• Deborah Morgan (Flightpath Architects)

• Kate Paterson (Flightpath Architects)

• Douglas Alexander (Flightpath Architects)

The study team would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people:

• David Petruzzella (Strategic Planner; Town of Gawler)

• Jacinta Weiss (Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator; Town of Gawler)

• Jane Strange (Senior Development and Strategic Policy Officer; Town of Gawler)

Gawler History Team thanks: Flightpath Architects, Ryan Viney and the Town of Gawler for allowing us access to this important document of Gawler History.


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