District Council of Franklin Harbour

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District Council of Franklin Harbour
South Australia
Franklin Harbour District Council office, 2017 (01).jpg
The District Council office in Cowell
Franklin Harbour LGA.png
Location of the District Council of Franklin Harbour
Population 1,298 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 0.39537/km2 (1.0240/sq mi)
Established 1888
Area 3,283 km2 (1,267.6 sq mi)
Mayor Robert Starr [2]
Council seat Cowell
Region Eyre and Western[3]
State electorate(s) Flinders
Federal Division(s) Grey
Website District Council of Franklin Harbour
LGAs around District Council of Franklin Harbour:
District Council of Kimba Outback Communities Authority City of Whyalla
District Council of Cleve District Council of Franklin Harbour Spencer Gulf
District Council of Cleve Spencer Gulf Spencer Gulf

The District Council of Franklin Harbour is a local government area in South Australia on the Eyre Peninsula. Cowell is the major population centre of an agricultural district based on farming wheat and sheep, supplemented by a fishing and oyster farming industries. The district's coastal towns including Cowell and Lucky Bay attract large numbers of tourists during school holidays, with the new Spencer Gulf ferry service increasing traffic to these areas since 2006.[4]


Franklin Harbour itself was first sighted by Matthew Flinders in 1802 and subsequently named after his midshipman and nephew, John Franklin, by Governor George Gawler in 1840. The first settlers to the region arrived in 1853, with more following soon afterward. [5]

The District Council was proclaimed in 1888.[6] In 2014, the Hundreds of Mangalo and Heggaton were transferred from the Franklin Harbour council to the District Council of Cleve.[7]


The district's focal point is the town of Cowell; it also includes the localities of Lucky Bay, Midgee, Miltalie, Minbrie, Mitchellville and Port Gibbon.[8]


The town of Cowell has most of the normal facilities of a larger town including accommodation, supermarket, petrol station, hotel and a number of food supplying shops.

Educationally, the district is served by Cowell Area School, which includes a school-community library; with a district hospital and clinic to cover the district's health needs. A number of churches also serve the district.

There are a number of sporting clubs including cricket, football, netball, golf and bowls along with playing facilities for each sport. Cowell also has an all weather boat ramp for those with boats, as well as a jetty.[9]

Elected Members

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided [2]   Geoff Giles
  Eddie Elleway
  Robert Starr Mayor
  Daven Wagner
  Robert Walsh
  Michael Williams Deputy Mayor

Chairmen and mayors of Franklin Harbour

  • Frank Laurie Williams (1925-1927) [10]
  • Earnest Perry Smith (1932-1939) [10]
  • John Taylor Forth (1939-1941) [10]
  • Frank Laurie Williams (1941-1945) [10]
  • John Pellew Story (1945-1947) [10]
  • Sidney Gordon Clothier (1947-1960) [10]
  • Harold Alwin Schiller (1960-1967) [10]
  • William James Martin Cooper (1967-1973) [10]
  • John Arthur Burton (1973-1980) [10]
  • Dudley John Kaden (1981-?)


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Franklin Harbour (DC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Contact List". District Council of Franklin Harbour. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Eyre Western SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Sea SA, Timetable, retrieved 2007-05-18 
  5. ^ District Council of Franklin Harbour, History, retrieved 2007-05-18 
  6. ^ Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. p. 619. 
  7. ^ "Boundary Adjustment Facilitation Panel, Annual Report 2013-14" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Location SA Map Viewer". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  9. ^ District Council of Franklin Harbour, General information, retrieved 2007-05-18 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, p. 169, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2 

External links

  • Council website
  • LGA Website

Coordinates: 33°41′00″S 136°56′00″E / 33.6833333333°S 136.933333333°E / -33.6833333333; 136.933333333

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