|Also known as:||Parham|
|Town or Locality:||Parham|
Parham was proclaimed a township on 27 July 1876 by the Governor, Sir Anthony Musgrave.
The area was once a busy port. It was named after Mr John Parham who transported the first load of wool by ship from Port Parham to Port Adelaide.
The ketches would arrive on the high tide, and then ground themselves on the beach as the tide receded, allowing the wagons to come alongside, to load and unload the cargo. The ketch would then leave on the rising tide.
The early houses of Parham were built of mud and brush, while later on, the houses were of limestone, bricks and also timber framed.
The beach has always been a popular destination for locals in the summer months, and many of the houses now in the town have developed as beachside shacks. A well known beach for the raking of Blue Swimmer crabs, Parham is now best known as 'The Premier Crabbing Beach'.
It has pristine shallow water on its tidal flats, which is ideal for children, and has its own Social Club. A free camping area is available to travellers at the northern end of the town. It is one of the most popular free campsites in South Australia.
- Mallala Museum research notes
- Life around the Light: A history of the Mallala District Council area - compiled by Two Wells
- Mallala and District History Book Committee
- Community Development Board of the Council District of Mallala (Mallala. S. Aust.) 1985.
Memories of Port Parham
Its called Parham now, but used to be known locally as Port Parham
On New Years Day during the 1950s and 1960s a carnival was held at Port Parham with fun for all. Races and games for the children were a high light as was the bathing beauty contest with catagories for young women and also children.
Mr A.E. Algar from Mallala was one of the organizers and the photographs are from his collection by courtesy of his son.
During the last decade many new homes have been built and the permanent population has swelled. In this year of 2013 the township is continuing to thrive.