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Donovans
South Australia
Population 304 (2011 census)
Established 1947
Postcode(s) 5291
Location
  • 403 km (250 mi) South East of Adelaide
  • 26 km (16 mi) South East of Mount Gambier
LGA(s) District Council of Grant
Region Limestone Coast
County County of Grey
State electorate(s) Mount Gambier
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.0 °C
66 °F
8.2 °C
47 °F
708.4 mm
27.9 in
Localities around Donovans:
Caroline Caroline Munbannar
Wye Donovans Nelson
Wye Wye Nelson
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Donovans is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's south-east on the Glenelg River adjoining the border with the state of Victoria. It is about 403 kilometres (250 mi)* south-east of the state capital of Adelaide and 26 kilometres (16 mi)* south-east of the centre of the city of Mount Gambier.

The name was approved in 1942 by the Nomenclature Committee for a private sub-division in the cadastral unit of the Hundred of Caroline. The sub-division was approved at some time during the 1940s with one source stating that it occurred in 1943 while another states the year of approval was 1947. Prior to the subdivision it was known as 'Donovan's Landing'. Boundaries were created in 1996 for the “long established name” which was derived from the name of the sub-division rather from the name 'Donovan's Landing'.

Donovans consists of land adjoining the border with the state of Victoria which includes a loop of the Glenelg River. A settlement is located on the west side of the river while the land on the east side of the river has been declared as the protected area known as the Lower Glenelg River Conservation Park.

It was described in 1926 by the newspaper, The Register, as follows:

With his customary zeal our guide secured a number of motor vehicles to convey us to a point on the Glenelg River called Donovan's... The scenery in the vicinity of this river is very fine. The cliffs in many places rise sheer out of the water to a considerable height and at other spots the trees and foliage complete a charming spectacle. The owner of the property has a motor launch [and] the stuffed carcass of the original 'Tantanoola Tiger', which caused a great stir in these parts some years ago and was shot by Mr. Tom Donovan, was on show and was an object of much curiosity...

The majority land use within the locality is agriculture which includes the above-mentioned conservation park while the settlement is zoned for residential use.

Donovans is located within the federal Division of Barker, the state electoral district of Mount Gambier and the local government area of the District Council of Grant.

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