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South Australia
Population 533 (shared with other localities in the “State Suburb of Wild Dog Valley”) (2011 census)
Established 1871
Postcode(s) 5262
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
  • 291 km (181 mi) SE of Adelaide
  • 32 km (20 mi) NE of Naracoorte
LGA(s) Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Region Limestone Coast
County MacDonnell
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Frances:
Western Flat Bangham Neuarpurr
The Gap Frances Neuarpurr
The Gap Binnum Neuarpurr
Footnotes Locations
Adjoining localities

Frances is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located about 291 kilometres (181 mi) south-east of the state capital, Adelaide and about 32 kilometres (20 mi) south-east of the municipal seat of Naracoorte in the state's Limestone Coast region and adjoining the border with the State of Victoria.

Frances began as a government town first surveyed in July 1871 and then resurveyed in January. Its name is reported as being derived from the name of the wife of "Mr Henry Jones of Binnum Station." Boundaries of the locality were created in April 2001.

For much of its history, Frances was a railway town on the Mount Gambier railway line, which runs from Wolseley in the north to Mount Gambier in the south. A State Road, Frances Road, runs from Bordertown through Frances to Hynam. Despite the closure of the railway on 12 April 1995, Frances continues to be a receiving point for grain, with several silos.

Every February, Frances hosts the Frances Folk Gathering, a weekend-long folk music festival, with the whole town given over to music and visitors. This tradition began in 2000.

Frances is located within the federal division of Barker, the state electoral district of MacKillop and the local government area of the Naracoorte Lucindale Council.

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