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South Australia
Established 1856
Postcode(s) 5461
Location 8 km (5 mi) south of Balaklava
LGA(s) Wakefield Regional Council
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Dalkey:
Erith Hoskin Corner

Dalkey is a town and locality in the Mid North of South Australia. It was established as a private subdivision on the main road from Adelaide to Balaklava. It is named for Dalkey in Ireland. The boundaries of the locality were defined in 2000 for the long-established name.

The Hundred of Dalkey was proclaimed in 1856, named after Dalkey in Ireland, the seaside resort of Dublin, the home town of the Governor of South Australia, Richard Graves MacDonnell. Dalkey was initially used for pasture, but soon settlers found it good for growing wheat, which was carted by horse or bullock wagons to Port Wakefield for further shipment. Dalkey post office opened in 1866 and closed in 1910. The District Council of Dalkey first met in 1875 and existed until 1932.

When German farmers settled in the area in the 1860s, their settlement was known as Sichem. A Lutheran school was built in 1868, also used as a place of worship until a separate church building was constructed between 1872 and 1875. The cemetery was registered in 1877. The church moved to a new building in Balaklava in 1899. A new school was built in 1905 and closed in 1917.

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