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South Australia
Population 372 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 5400
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s) Light Regional Council
State electorate(s) Light
Federal Division(s) Wakefield

Wasleys is a small town north-west of Gawler, South Australia. Roseworthy College is located around 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the town. At the 2011 census, Wasleys had a population of 372.


The town of Wasleys was established in an area known as the Mudla Wirra Forest. The name Mudla Wirra is aboriginal, Mudla meaning "implement" and Wirra meaning "forest".

The township was advertised to attract people seeking good agricultural land as "Ridley Township - Wasleys Station". In time two townships were announced and called Ridleyton and Wasley. As the towns grew the name Ridleyton was discarded and the town became known as Wasleys.

Early settlers soon made their mark on the history of the region. In 1843, John Ridley revolutionised the agricultural industry with the first "stripper machine".

In 1873, the township had been fully laid out and a local newspaper publicised the achievement in a short article about "Wasley" stating "There can be no question that this is an excellent locality for a township". On 12 April 1970 a bus collided with a passenger train on the road from Wasleys to Gawler killing 17 people and injuring 45.

Wasleys became a thriving centre and once operated three chaff mills. Although the chaff mills have ceased operating, the town is still a focal point for agriculture and farming livestock, and as reported in 85% of all residents were born in Australia, 10% in the UK, and the remaining 5% in other countries.

In 2015, the Pinery bushfire burned through the township of Wasleys, gutting the lawn bowls club and post office.


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