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South Australia
Population 1,071 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 5345
LGA(s) Berri Barmera Council
State electorate(s) Chaffey
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Loveday:
Kingston-on-Murray Cobdogla Barmera
Moorook Loveday Glossop
Moorook South Spectacle Lake Winkie

Loveday is a settlement in the Riverland region of South Australia, located south of Barmera and near the Murray River. Administratively it is part of the Berri Barmera Council LGA. At the 2006 census, Loveday had a population of 1,071.


Located east of the Moorook Game Reserve, Loveday was known for its Internment Camp during World War II. The camp was established in 1941 and was one of the largest in Australia, covering approximately 180 hectares. The site was selected because of its rail and road connections, its irrigated fields and because both electricity and telephone communications were available. The camp was closed in December 1946. The Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum has a substantial display devoted to the Loveday internment camp, maintained by the National Trust (check their website for open days).

The historic Loveday Internment Camp General Headquarters Site in Thiele Road and Brick Boiler Stack, Loveday Irrigation Scheme Pumping Station in Morris Street are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

Loveday was named after Ernest Alfred Loveday, a surveyor in the South Australian Irrigation Department.

Today Loveday is a popular 4 x 4 adventure park. Loveday is close to the Murray River lagoons, known as the "Loveday Lagoons".

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