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Palmer
South Australia
Palmer lutheran church.jpg
Palmer Lutheran Church
Population 202 (2016 census)
Established 1860s
Postcode(s) 5237
LGA(s) Mid Murray Council
State electorate(s) Schubert
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Palmer:
Mount Pleasant Milendella
Tungkillo Palmer Apamurra
Rockleigh Tepko Mannum

Palmer is a town just east of the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia along the Adelaide-Mannum Road, 70 kilometres east-north-east of the state capital, Adelaide and 15 km west-north-west of Mannum (34°51′S 139°9′E / 34.850°S 139.150°E / -34.850; 139.150). It is located in the Mid Murray Council local government area. At the 2006 census, Palmer had a population of 329.

Palmer has a primary school (opened 1882), a general store, hotel and a Lutheran Church of which Carl Heinrich Loessel was the first pastor, from 22 May 1869 before the church was built, succeeded by the long-serving Pastor Kuss.

At the ABS 2001 census, Palmer had a population of 305 people living in 124 dwellings. By the 2016 census census, the population had dropped to only 202 people in 93 dwellings.

There are some nearby rock formations.

Heritage listings

Palmer has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Adelaide-Mannum Road: Granite Boulders Area Geological Site
  • Mannum Road: Palmer Police Station and Cells
  • off Mine Road: Kitticoola Mine
  • Palmer Road: Homestead Complex
  • off Western Boundary Road: Reedy Creek Railway Bridge
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