City of Port Lincoln

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City of Port Lincoln
South Australia
Port Lincoln Civic Hall, 2017 (01).jpg
Port Lincoln Civic Hall
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Location of the City of Port Lincoln LGA
Population 14,064 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 435.30/km2 (1,127.4/sq mi)
Established 1880
Area 30.4 km2 (11.7 sq mi)
Mayor Bruce Green [2]
Council seat Port Lincoln
Region Eyre Western[3]
State electorate(s) Flinders [4]
Federal Division(s) Grey [4]
Website City of Port Lincoln
LGAs around City of Port Lincoln:
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
City of Port Lincoln

The City of Port Lincoln is a local government area located on the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It consists of one suburb - Port Lincoln.[5] It is surrounded on land by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, which also has offices in Port Lincoln.[6][7]


The area was discovered and mapped by Matthew Flinders in 1802, who named the body of water Port Lincoln after his home county of Lincolnshire in England.[8]

The first white settlers in the area arrived in 1839, travelling from Port Adelaide on the Abeona. The settlement at Port Lincoln grew from 150 in the immediate aftermath of their arrival to 270 by 1840, and on 29 June 1839, Port Lincoln was designated as an official port for trade.[9] The town experienced strong development, and by 1936 was regarded as "the principal seaport town of Eyre Peninsula, as well as being a "favourite holiday resort" with sea connections from Port Adelaide.[10]

The district first gained local government in 1880, when a district council was created for the Port Lincoln area, holding its first meeting in the Pier Hotel in July.[11] It was variously referred to in period newspapers as either the "Port Lincoln" or "Lincoln" council, but the landmark District Councils Act 1887, which undertook a major reorganisation of South Australian local government, referred to it as the existing District Council of Lincoln.[12]

The current City of Port Lincoln municipality was created when the town of Port Lincoln incorporated and seceded from the District Council in 1921, becoming the Corporate Town of Port Lincoln. It gained its present name when it was granted city status on 21 January 1971. The former District Council of Lincoln was renamed the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula in 1988, and continues to serve the rural areas surrounding Port Lincoln itself. In 1921, the town of Port Lincoln itself seceded from the broader Lincoln council and become its own municipality as the Corporate Town of Port Lincoln.[10][13]


The boundaries of the City of Port Lincoln are almost contiguous with the town of Port Lincoln itself; a small portion of western Port Lincoln falls into the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, while a very small section of adjacent Boston falls within the Port Lincoln municipality.[6]

Elected Members

Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor [2]   Bruce Green
Unsubdivided [2]   Danny Bartlett
  Andrea Broadfoot
  Linda Davies
  Faye Davis
  Peter Jolley
  Graham Mantle
  Diana Mislov
  Jim Papazoglov
  Neville Starke

The City of Port Lincoln has a directly-elected mayor.[14]

Mayors of Port Lincoln

  • Joseph Scoresby Shepherd (1921-1923) [10] [15]
  • Arthur Leech (1923-1928) [10][15]
  • David Otto Whait (1928-1933) [10][15]
  • Richard Francis Poole (1933-1939) [10][15]
  • Albert Kent Mullner (1939-1940) [15]
  • Richard Francis Poole (1940-1944) [15]
  • Herbert Heath Bascombe (1944-1949) [15]
  • Joseph Patrick O'Leary (1949-1950) [15]
  • William Arthur Trigg (1950-1954) [15]
  • Percival Lincoln Puckridge (1954-1967) [15]
  • Harold John Freeman (1967-1973) [15]
  • Ilmar Tohver (1973-1976) [15]
  • Harold Franklin Hunt (1976-1978) [15]
  • Geoffrey Rex Davey (1978-1981) [15]
  • Thomas George Secker (1981-1993) [15]
  • Ronald Vincent Carey (1993-1995) [15]
  • Peter Davis (1995-2010) [15]
  • Bruce Green (2010-present) [15]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Port Lincoln (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Current Elected Members". City of Port Lincoln. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "2014 Suburbs, Districts, and Postcodes List". South Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Search result(s) for Port Lincoln LOCB (Record No.SA0040601) with the following layers being selected - "Suburbs and Localities", "Local Government Areas", "Counties" and "Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us". District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Flinders, Matthew (1814). "A Voyage To Terra Australias". G. and W. Nichol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Port Lincoln Celebrates its Centenary". The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 11 March 1939. p. 16. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. pp. 370, 654. 
  11. ^ "COUNTRY TELEGRAMS". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 9 July 1880. p. 6. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "District Councils Act 1887". Flinders University. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Council History". City of Port Lincoln. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Election Results 2014" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Elected Members of Council As at November 2014" (PDF). City of Port Lincoln. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • LGA Site

Coordinates: 34°43′13″S 135°51′29″E / 34.7203°S 135.858°E / -34.7203; 135.858

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