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Port Parham

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Also known as: Parham
Town or Locality: Parham
Year Established: 1970/01/01
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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.

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Sources

  • 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.
wheat ketch at Parham
wheat ketch at Parham
wheat stacks at Parham
wheat stacks at Parham
The grain stacks at Parham
The grain stacks at Parham
Parham Grain Stacks
Parham Grain Stacks
Circa 1959. Port Parham, South Australia New Year's Day Carnival
Circa 1959. Port Parham, South Australia New Year's Day Carnival
Circa 1959.  Port Parham, South Australia. New Years Day Carnival.
Circa 1959. Port Parham, South Australia. New Years Day Carnival.
Circa 1959.  Port Parham, South Australia. New Years Day Carnival
Circa 1959. Port Parham, South Australia. New Years Day Carnival
New Years day carnival at Port Parham, South Australia late 1950s
New Years day carnival at Port Parham, South Australia late 1950s


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.

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