|Population||355 (shared with other localities within the “State Suburb of Booborowie”) (2011 census)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACDT (UTC+10:30)|
|Location||200 km (124 mi) N of Adelaide|
|LGA(s)||Regional Council of Goyder|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Grey|
In 1843 Dr. William James Browne and his brother Dr. John Harris Browne took up the Booborowie run. In 1851 they purchased a crown lease of 153 square miles and in 1853 the brothers purchased 46,978 acres of the lease.
The Browne Bros. established a merino stud and had shorthorn cattle. They went on to purchase properties on the Adelaide Plains, at Mt. Gambier, the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and were instrumental in establishing Katherine in the Northern Territory. This led to a large sheep and cattle drive, under the supervision of Alfred Giles, to leave South Australia in 1878.
The northern portion of the station was sold to Henry Dutton and George Melrose in 1897. The remainder of the station was sold in 1910 and 1912 for closer settlement.
Baldry Township was first surveyed in 1875 near Leighton but was abandoned at the time. The Booborowie Township was proclaimed on 29 March 1877.
Being a farming community, the chief products produced are wool, wheat, lucerne and canola.
The town is named after the nearby Booborowie Waterhole, a small round shaped and usually dry waterhole about 1 km (0.6 mi) north west of the town, the "owie" signifying "waterhole" in the language of the indigenous Ngadjuri people, as in Minlacowie, Terowie and Yarcowie. The spelling "Booboorowie" was common in the 19th century.
A feature of the area is the "Camel Hump", a drystone wall which runs over 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Booborowie to Farrell Flat.
The historic Booborowie Homestead and the former Booborowie Council Chambers are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.
Today, Booborowie is a popular destination for visitors enjoying the rural scenery, historic buildings and camping facilities at the town oval. The town is serviced by a primary school (opened 1892) with playgroup, a hotel (built 1917) and a grocer, incorporating hardware and post office facilities.
Booborowie Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.