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South Australia
Blinman main street
Blinman is located in South Australia
Coordinates31°05′37.1″S 138°40′41″E / 31.093639°S 138.67806°E / -31.093639; 138.67806Coordinates: 31°05′37.1″S 138°40′41″E / 31.093639°S 138.67806°E / -31.093639; 138.67806
Population35 (2016 census)[1]
Location485 km (301 mi) north of Adelaide
LGA(s)Outback Communities Authority
RegionFar North[3]
State electorate(s)Stuart
Federal Division(s)Grey

Blinman is a small town in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. It is 485 km north of the state capital, Adelaide.[4] About 151 people live in the Blinman area. The town is also known as the highest town in South Australia. It has a hotel, cafe, general store and a post office.[5]

In December 1859, a shepherd called Robert Blinman, from the nearby Angorichina station (farm) found copper.[6] He was nickmaned "Peg Leg" because he had a wooden leg.[4] With a group of friends he started the Wheal Blinman, a copper mine in 1861.[6] The town grew quickly and by 1869 there were about 1,500 people living there.[6] Many miners were Cornish men, who had been mining for copper at Burra, South Australia. The mine, later called the Blinman Consolidated Copper Mining Company of South Australia, soon became the biggest and most productive mine in the Flinders Ranges.[6] About 10,000 tonnes of copper were taken from the mine which finally closed in 1918.[4]

William Kekwick (died 1872), who explored South Australia and the Northern Territory with John McDouall Stuart, is buried in the Blinman cemetery.[4]

The Blinman Copper Mine is now a tourist attraction, and visitors can explore the underground mine.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (June 27, 2017). "Blinman (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved June 1, 2008. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. "Blinman". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Search result for 'Blinman, Locb' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and Localities', 'Counties', Government Towns', 'SA Government Regions', 'Gazetteer'and 'Local Government Areas'". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Blinman - South Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. February 8, 2004. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  5. "Welcome to Blinman". 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Blinman, the first ten years". 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  7. "Welcome to our Blinman Mine Tours". 2011. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2011.