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Clarendon
South Australia
Clarendon Weir panorama 05.jpg
Clarendon Weir
Population 638 (2006 census)
Established 1840
Postcode(s) 5157
Elevation 188 m (617 ft)
Location 35.5 km (22 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Onkaparinga
Federal Division(s) Division of Mayo
Suburbs around Clarendon:
Happy Valley Chandlers Hill Cherry Gardens
Woodcroft Clarendon Dorset Vale
Onkaparinga Hills Blewitt Springs Kangarilla
Clarendon 01
Vineyards and Police Station, date unknown
Clarendon bridge around 1869
Clarendon bridge around 1869

Clarendon /ˈklærəndən/ is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, about 25–30 km south of the Adelaide city centre.

The Clarendon Weir is located in the town area on the Onkaparinga River.

History

See also: European settlement of South Australia

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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