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The plaque commemorates the 125th anniversary of local government in the Port MacDonnell District.

Land around Port MacDonnell was taken up by pastoralists as early as the 1840s. Settlement started in the 1850s. By the end of the 1860s there were enough people in town and surrounding smaller settlements to warrant the proclamation of the District Council of Port MacDonnell.

With Port MacDonnell being the second largest port in South Australia, the population held steady until the decision was made not to connect the port to the newly south east railway network. This resulted in loss of trade, and declining populations in the town. The council merged with the District Council of Mt Gambier to form the District Council of Grant in 1996. 




Address:Sea Parade & Standish Street, Port MacDonnell, 5291
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.053592
Long: 140.702551
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1869
Approx. Event End Date:1994


Front Inscription

This Plaque
Commemorates the
125th Anniversary of
Local Government in
Port MacDonnell District.
1869 - 1994

Port MacDonnell & District
Tourist Association

Source: MA
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