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South Australia
Hundred of Eurelia, 1889 (22515430667).jpg
Hundred of Eurelia, 1889, which shows the proposed extent of the government town in the bottom right hand corner
Eurelia is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Population 14 (2016 census)
Established 12 September 1878 (town)
16 December 1999 (locality)
Postcode(s) 5431
Elevation 525 m (1,722 ft)(railway station)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
  • 264 km (164 mi) N of Adelaide
  • 20 km (12 mi) N of Orroroo
LGA(s) District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
Region Yorke and Mid North
County Dalhousie
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.9 °C
71 °F
7.3 °C
45 °F
366.2 mm
14.4 in
Localities around Eurelia:
Moockra Moockra
Eurelia Johnburgh
Coomooroo Walloway Johnburgh
Footnotes Locations
Adjoining localities

Eurelia is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located on the east side of the Flinders Ranges about 264 kilometres (164 mi) north of the state capital of Adelaide and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the municipal seat of Orroroo.

The town was surveyed in July 1878 and was gazetted as a government town on 12 September 1878. The locality's boundaries were created on 16 December 1999 for the “long established name” and includes the site of the Government Town of Eurelia.

Eurelia's name comes from the local Jadliaura language and translates to "place of the ear". It is thought that local Dreamtime stories associated with the Ranges locates Eurelia as an "ear" of a prostrate man. The pronunciation of the town's name gives rise to some long standing jokes. One joke has two railway porters at each end of the platform and as each train pulls in one would call out "You're a liar! You're a liar", and the other would reply "You really are! You really are!". (I.e. the town's name sounds like either "you're a liar" or "you really are", depending on which syllable the stress falls). The "correct" pronunciation is "you really are"

The District Council of Carrieton, based in adjacent Carrieton, was known as the District Council of Eurelia for the first six years of its existence, from 1888 to 1894.

Land use within the locality is ’primary production’ and is concerned with “agricultural production and the grazing of stock on relatively large holdings.”

Eurelia is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Stuart and the local government area of the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton.

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