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Lameroo
South Australia
Lameroo Catholic Church in the Murray Mallee South Australia. (7524841078).jpg
Population 847 (2011 census)
Established 1896
Postcode(s) 5302
Elevation 100.213 m (329 ft)
Location
  • 40 km (25 mi) W of Victorian Border
  • 210 km (130 mi) E of Adelaide
LGA(s) Southern Mallee District Council
State electorate(s) Hammond
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.9 °C
73 °F
8.7 °C
48 °F
383.6 mm
15.1 in
Localities around Lameroo:
Marama Sandalwood
Billiatt
Karte
Parrakie Lameroo Karte
Parilla
Parrakie Ngarkat Ngarkat

Lameroo is a town in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia. It is on the Mallee Highway and Pinnaroo railway line about 40 km west of the Victorian border, or 210 km east of Adelaide. It is primarily a service town for the surrounding rural areas, growing grain and sheep. At the 2011 census, Lameroo had a population of 847. Lameroo now includes the former settlements of Kulkami, Mulpata, Wirha and Gurrai which were on the Peebinga railway line and Wilkawatt which was between Parrakie and Lameroo on the Pinnaroo railway.

Location

The Lameroo Regional Community School is the school not only for Lameroo youth but also surrounding towns as Geranium, Parrakie and Parilla. The town is home to the Lameroo Hawks Football Club, coached by former Adelaide Crows player Rodney Maynard.

History

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Melanoma Awareness Day conducted by the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation in 2016.

Land in the Murray Mallee region was first taken up on pastoral lease in the late 1850s. For the first twenty years there were several lessees; the area had limited grazing during this time. After a well was dug at Lameroo, then known as Wow Wow Plain, in 1884, settlement on Wow Wow Plain became permanent. The land was surveyed in 1894 and the initial survey of Wow Wow Plain gave each block some natural open land to start cultivating. The town reserve was proclaimed in 1894 and a Government well excavated. The town was named Lameroo in 1904 at the suggestion of J. M. Johnston who had worked on the Overland Telegraph Line and heard the word in Darwin (as the name of the Lameroo Beach) and liked the sound of it.

Much of the land that became in the District Council of Lameroo now the western part of the Southern Mallee District Council) was released for pastoral ownership in about 1858. Lameroo celebrated its centenary in 2006, based on it being 100 years since the railway line was built through Lameroo. The historic former Bank Manager's Residence and the Irish Martyrs Catholic Church are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

The Pinnaroo railway line opened through Lameroo in 1906. It initially carried mixed goods, as well as passengers. In later years, only bulk grain was transported on the line, with trains emptying the silos at Lameroo. After mid-2015, the railway ceased to be used, and the 2015 harvest onwards would be transported away by road.

Attractions

Lameroo is sandwiched between the Billiatt Wilderness Protection Area to the north, and the Ngarkat Conservation Park to the south. Both protected areas are reserves for bushwalkers and nature enthusiasts. In the Spring, native Australian wildflowers abound in the Ngarkat, while the Billiatt offers native fauna such as kangaroos and mallee fowl.

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