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Kingston SE
South Australia
Kingston SE lobster.JPG
Lobster sculpture located at the entrance to the town
Kingston SE is located in South Australia
Kingston SE
Kingston SE
Coordinates 36°49′S 139°51′E / 36.817°S 139.850°E / -36.817; 139.850Coordinates: 36°49′S 139°51′E / 36.817°S 139.850°E / -36.817; 139.850
Population 1,425 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1861[2]
Postcode(s) 5275[3]
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location
LGA(s) Kingston District Council[2]
State electorate(s) MacKillop[4]
Federal Division(s) Barker[5]
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.2 °C
67 °F
10.3 °C
51 °F
495.6 mm
19.5 in
Localities around Kingston SE:
Lacepede Bay West Range Blackford
Lacepede Bay
Rosetown
Lacepede Bay
Kingston SE Blackford
Reedy Creek
Lacepede Bay Wyomi
Sandy Grove
Wangolina
Reedy Creek
Reedy Creek
Footnotes Locations[3]
Adjoining Localities[2]

Kingston SE (formerly Kingston) is a town in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's south-east coastline on the shores of Lacepede Bay. It is located about 240 kilometres (150 miles) southeast of the state capital of Adelaide and 138 kilometres (86 miles) north-west of the centre of the city of Mount Gambier. At the 2011 census, Kingston SE had a population of 1,425.[1]

History

The town was named after Sir George Strickland Kingston, a South Australian politician, surveyor and architect. Kingston Post Office opened on 9 February 1869.[6] The extension on its name is to distinguish Kingston in the South East (of South Australia) from another 'Kingston' in the state which is now officially named "Kingston On Murray" was added in July 1940.[7] The present-day town of Kingston SE includes the original Kingston, as well as the towns of Port Caroline and Maria Creek.[8]

The town was connected to Naracoorte by a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) railway known as the Kingston-Naracoorte railway in 1876, providing a port for the grain and wool grown away from the coast. The rails were converted to broad gauge 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) in 1959. The railway closed on 28 November 1987 then was dismantled on 15 September 1991.[9]

Media

The region was formerly serviced by two newspapers: the Kingston Weekly, the newspaper of The Kingston Traders' Association, was issued between 22 March 1946 and 30 March 1951. Later, the South-East Kingston Leader was started in Kingston, and was published from 1962 until 21 November 2001 when it was renamed Coastal Leader, and is now a member of Fairfax Media Limited.

Today

The main industries are fishing, wine-making, sheep and cattle farming and recreation, the district having a large influx of tourists during holiday periods throughout the year.

The northern entrance to the town is dominated by the Big Lobster, named "Larry" by people in Kingston.[10]

Many pubs, hotels, and shops can be found, and Kingston also hosts one of the best fish and chip shops in Australia. "Macs Takeaway" has twice won awards for their outstanding fish and chips.[citation needed]

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League.[11]

Climate

Kingston has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb).

Climate data for Cape Jaffa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 41.6
(106.9)
40.8
(105.4)
37.3
(99.1)
33.1
(91.6)
27.2
(81)
22.4
(72.3)
19.5
(67.1)
23.3
(73.9)
27.5
(81.5)
33.1
(91.6)
37.2
(99)
40.3
(104.5)
41.6
(106.9)
Average high °C (°F) 24.6
(76.3)
24.6
(76.3)
22.7
(72.9)
19.9
(67.8)
17.0
(62.6)
14.7
(58.5)
14.0
(57.2)
14.6
(58.3)
16.1
(61)
18.5
(65.3)
21.4
(70.5)
22.8
(73)
19.2
(66.6)
Average low °C (°F) 13.6
(56.5)
13.6
(56.5)
12.4
(54.3)
10.6
(51.1)
9.2
(48.6)
8.0
(46.4)
7.5
(45.5)
7.8
(46)
8.5
(47.3)
9.1
(48.4)
10.8
(51.4)
12.3
(54.1)
10.3
(50.5)
Record low °C (°F) 6.5
(43.7)
6.3
(43.3)
5.2
(41.4)
1.3
(34.3)
0.0
(32)
−0.7
(30.7)
0.1
(32.2)
0.2
(32.4)
1.0
(33.8)
2.6
(36.7)
3.4
(38.1)
4.7
(40.5)
−0.7
(30.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 16.6
(0.654)
17.6
(0.693)
22.6
(0.89)
33.5
(1.319)
50.6
(1.992)
69.3
(2.728)
81.0
(3.189)
71.5
(2.815)
47.9
(1.886)
33.8
(1.331)
26.7
(1.051)
24.5
(0.965)
495.6
(19.513)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 5.6 4.9 8.5 12.5 16.9 18.6 19.6 21.4 16.8 12.8 8.7 8.5 154.8
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[12]

References

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kingston SE (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Search result for "Kingston SE(Locality Bounded)" (Record no SASA0036846) with the following layers selected – "Suburbs and Localities", "Place names (gazetteer)" and "Development Plan Layers"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Postcode for Kingston SE, South Australia". postcodes-australia.com. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "District of MacKillop Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Federal electoral division of Barker" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  7. ^ "NEW TOWN NAMES APPROVED". The Chronicle. LXXXIII, (4,728). South Australia. 1 August 1940. p. 13. Retrieved 31 August 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "Kingston SE". Placenames of South Australia. Retrieved 23 December 2016 – via State Library of South Australia. 
  9. ^ Diesel Days on the Kingston S.E. Goods Milne, Rod Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1997 pp356-364
  10. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/stories/s1020963.htm Retrieved 2008.09.30
  11. ^ Full Points Footy, Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara, retrieved 2008-07-25 
  12. ^ "Cape Jaffa (The Limestone)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 


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