Sandleton, South Australia

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South Australia
Sandleton is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°28′S 139°22′E / 34.46°S 139.36°E / -34.46; 139.36Coordinates: 34°28′S 139°22′E / 34.46°S 139.36°E / -34.46; 139.36
Postcode(s) 5356
Location 15 km (9 mi) north of Sedan
LGA(s) Mid Murray Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Sandleton:
Truro Sandleton Blanchetown
Sedan Fisher
Footnotes [1]

Sandleton is a locality and former town in South Australia. It is located on the plains on the eastern side of the Mount Lofty Ranges. The current boundaries for the locality were created in 2003 for the long-established name of the area.[1]


The Sandleton area was first known as part of a pastoral run named Sandalwood. This was broken up for closer settlement in the 1870s. A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod formed in 1880, with the St Paul's church and school built in 1881. The post office also opened in 1881. After upheaval in the Lutheran Church, the Pilgrim congregation separated from St Paul's and established its own church, school and cemetery in 1895.[2]

A government school also opened in 1909, which operated intermittently until 1941. A new Pilgrim Church building was erected in 1914, and operated until 1960, with the last wedding held in 1947.[2]


The main route through the locality is Halfway House Road which runs from the Sturt Highway through Annadale and Sandleton to Sedan. It is part of the heavy vehicle detour route D1 used if either the Blanchetown Bridge or Swanport Bridge over the Murray River are unavailable for an extended time,[3] or part of the South Eastern Freeway.[4] This road is also part of the route from Murray Bridge to Burra with potential for the route to be upgraded to become a road freight bypass of Adelaide.[5]

In 1945, it was reported that the Automobile Association had erected signs on the BlanchetownTruro road (now the Sturt Highway) indicating that one of the nearest public telephones was at Sandleton.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Placename Details: Sandleton". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. 9 August 2006. SA0065911. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Sandleton". Flinders Ranges Research. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ South Eastern Freeway Emergency Detour Plan Swanport Interchange to Old Princes Hwy (PDF) (Map). p. 7.
  4. ^ "Emergency detour routes". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Comments from the South Australian Farmers Federation on the National Land Freight Strategy Discussion Paper" (PDF). Infrastructure Australia. April 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Advertising". The Leader. 27 (1406). South Australia. 15 November 1945. p. 3. Retrieved 10 October 2016 – via National Library of Australia.

External links

  • "Sandleton Collection" (collection of photographs). State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
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