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1868 Gothic Police Station and Court House in Clarendon.jpg
Clarendon Police Station and Court House (built 1868)
Clarendon is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 618 (2016 census)
Established 1840
Postcode(s) 5157
Elevation 188 m (617 ft)
Location 35.5 km (22 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Onkaparinga
Region Southern Adelaide
County Adelaide
State electorate(s) Heysen
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Suburbs around Clarendon:
Happy Valley Chandlers Hill Cherry Gardens
Woodcroft Clarendon Dorset Vale
Onkaparinga Hills Blewitt Springs Kangarilla

Clarendon is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, about 25–30 kilometres (16–19 mi) south of the Adelaide city centre and now regarded as an outer suburb of Adelaide. It lies within the City of Onkaparinga council area. The Clarendon Weir is located in the town area, on the Onkaparinga River.


On 21 October 1840, Richard Blundell was granted the title to Section 801 Hundred of Noarlunga. This was subsequently subdivided and by 1866 the town was described as a regional centre ‘in the midst of a fine agricultural district, where wheat, peas, and potatoes are largely grown’.

Early trade was built around local vineyards and around proximity to the Onkaparinga River. From 1894 to 1896 the Clarendon Weir was constructed, enhancing the local economy.

In the last 20 years a restoration programme has seen the town's heritage buildings restored.

  • Old Reynella - European History and Heritage [1]

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