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Mount Mary
South Australia
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Mount Mary Hotel
Mount Mary is located in South Australia
Mount Mary
Mount Mary
Coordinates 34°06′28″S 139°26′16″E / 34.107902°S 139.43783°E / -34.107902; 139.43783Coordinates: 34°06′28″S 139°26′16″E / 34.107902°S 139.43783°E / -34.107902; 139.43783
Population 28 (2016 census)
Established 24 January 1884 (town)
27 March 2003 (locality)
Postcode(s) 5374
Elevation 95 m (312 ft)
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
Location
LGA(s) Mid Murray Council
Region Murray and Mallee
County Eyre
State electorate(s) Chaffey
Federal Division(s) Barker
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.1 °C
70 °F
9.3 °C
49 °F
448.6 mm
17.7 in
Localities around Mount Mary:
Beatty Beatty Eba
Bower Mount Mary Eba
Brownlow Brownlow
Blanchetown
Blanchetown
Footnotes Adjoining localities

Mount Mary (formerly Krichauff and Beatty) is a small town on the Thiele Highway between Eudunda and Morgan in South Australia. It was also served by the Morgan railway line from 1878 until 1969 and is named for the Mount Mary railway station on that line.

Despite the town's name, the terrain is essentially flat, and is believed to have been a corruption of Mound Mary. The town was originally surveyed in 1883 and named Krichauff in 1884, after the Hundred of Krichauff which in turn was named for Friedrich Krichauff. The name was changed from a name of enemy origin in 1918 to Beatty (along with the name of the hundred) then again in 1940 to Mount Mary to match the name of the railway station. Beatty remains the name of the locality covering the northern half of the hundred of Beatty.

Mount Mary School opened as the Krichauff School in 1886. It was renamed Mount Mary in 1896, and temporarily closed from 1909 to 1913. The school closed permanently in 1956.

Mount Mary still has a hotel serving the community and travellers, but little other business remains other than farming. The town contains ten homes, the pub, and a working telephone box.

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Mount Mary had a population of 28 people which it shared with the portion of the adjoining locality of Bower located in the Mid Murray Council.

Mount Mary is located within the federal division of Barker, the state electoral district of Chaffey and the local government area of the Mid Murray Council.

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