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Solomontown
South Australia
Postcode(s) 5540
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
LGA(s) Port Pirie Regional Council
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Solomontown:
Germein Bay Germein Bay Germein Bay
Port Pirie Solomontown Coonamia
Port Pirie Port Pirie South Coonamia

Solomontown is a settlement in South Australia. It is now essentially a suburb of Port Pirie, but was historically a separate town. It was named after Emanuel Solomon, who owned the land that the town developed on.

Transport

Solomontown has the Spencer Highway run from northeast to south through it, and Warnertown Road from Port Pirie towards the Augusta Highway and Adelaide runs northeast to southwest through it. The railway line in to the Port Pirie smelters (and previously to the town stations) runs along the southern boundary of Solomontown. The Solomontown railway station was formerly in the southwest corner of the town. It had a suburban rail service to Port Pirie in 1911. The Port Pirie Junction station was newly built in 1937 as the break-of-gauge junction between the South Australian Railways broad gauge from the south and the Commonwealth Railways standard gauge from the north on the site of the older Solomontown station on the Port Pirie-Cockburn railway line. (officially known as Port Pirie Junction with both names on the signboard) The station was replaced and closed in 1967, and later demolished.

Community

Solomontown Primary School, Solomontown kindergarten and the Solomontown Cats football team are based in the town.

Military History

During World War 2, Solomontown, now a suburb of Port Pirie, was the location of RAAF No.11 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), built in 1942 and closed on 14 June 1944. Usually consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000 ($1,800,000).

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