Lipson, South Australia facts for kids
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|Population||209 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||25 m (82 ft)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Tumby Bay|
Today, Lipson is little more than a historic tourist attraction, with very few permanent residents.
The township was named after Thomas Lipson, a naval officer born in 1783, who came to South Australia in 1836 and was appointed collector of customs and harbour master at Port Adelaide. Lipson was once a well established town, having a number of facilities including a Post Office, a church, shop and a school. The school opened in 1881 as "Yaranyacka" and closed in 1950.
Nearby mines produced some of the finest talc in the world, but with the closing of the mines, the town gradually died. The district surrounding Lipson is agricultural, with sheep and cereal crops prevalent.
Only a few kilometres toward the coast from the town, Lipson Cove is a tranquil little bay with camping facilities. The cove is renowned for its fishing and the old talc mine is located nearby. This area has exposed granite coastal hills and cliffs that extend from Lipson Cove to Port Neill. Lipson Island can be accessed when the tide is low, but care must be taken not to get stranded. The island and surrounding intertidal zone constitutes the Lipson Island Conservation Park which was proclaimed in 1967. The island is an important rookery for roosting sea birds, including a colony of little blue penguin. Lipson Island also bears the alternative French name of Ile d'Alembert.
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