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South Australia
Park near Bridgewater Mill
Postcode(s) 5155
LGA(s) Adelaide Hills Council
State electorate(s) Heysen
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Bridgewater:
Stirling Mount George Balhannah
Aldgate Bridgewater Hahndorf
Aldgate Mylor Hahndorf

Bridgewater is a town in the Adelaide Hills, south-east of Adelaide in South Australia.

It is the former end of the Adelaide-Bridgewater railway line; this route was closed in 1987. The railway was converted to standard gauge in 1995 and continues to be the main line from Adelaide to Melbourne, but no trains stop at the now demolished Bridgewater railway station.

Cox Creek (named after the explorer Robert Cock, who led an expedition through this area in December 1837), runs through Bridgewater, and the town was originally settled as Cox Creek. An early use of the name "Bridgewater" was in James Addison's (ca.1819 – 26 April 1870) "Bridgewater Hotel", and the town was renamed Bridgewater when the adjacent flour mill was built by John Dunn and the nearby land subdivided in 1857.

Street names

The streets of one part of Bridgewater appear to have been named for Orient Line steam ships: SS Omrah, SS Otway, SS Orsova, SS Orontes (1902–1926), SS Ophir, SS Otranto (1909–1918), SS Orvieto (1909–1931), SS Orotava (1889–1921) (though Oratava Street) and SS Osterley (1909–1929).

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