Ward Belt, South Australia

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Ward Belt
South Australia
Ward Belt is located in South Australia
Ward Belt
Ward Belt
Coordinates 34°35′S 138°40′E / 34.58°S 138.67°E / -34.58; 138.67Coordinates: 34°35′S 138°40′E / 34.58°S 138.67°E / -34.58; 138.67
Postcode(s) 5118
Location 7 km (4 mi) W of Gawler
LGA(s) Light Regional Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Light
Federal Division(s) Division of Wakefield
Localities around Ward Belt:
Reeves Plains Kangaroo Flat Gawler Belt
Ward Belt Reid
Lewiston Gawler River Buchfelde

Ward Belt (originally known as Ward's Belt) is a locality to the west of Gawler in South Australia.[1] The area was named after James Ward and his wife, who arrived in South Australia in the Olivia in 1853.[2] The area is predominantly used for grain, beef and sheep farming.

When the Max Fatchen Expressway was completed in 2011, it divided Buchfelde so the portion north of the expressway was reassigned to Ward Belt.[1] This included the area of the Gawler Aerodrome which was formerly in Buchfelde but is now in Ward Belt.

Primitive Methodist Chapel

The foundation stone for the Primitive Methodist chapel at Ward's Belt was laid on 26 February 1874. The land and building materials for the chapel were donated by Mr James Sparshott J.P.[3] The chapel opened on 26 April the same year.[4] The chapel was renovated in 1894.[5] The chapel was pulled down in 1926.[6] Sparshott is buried in the small cemetery that is all that remains of the chapel.[7]


There had also been a hotel at Ward Belt, although it was very run down in 1912.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Placename Details: Ward Belt". Land Services, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 2 June 2011. SA0017275. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Place Names of South Australia - W". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ "BUCHSFELDE, MARCH 4". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 7 March 1874. p. 5. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. ^ "COUNTRY NEWS". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 2 May 1874. p. 7. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Country Correspondence". The Bunyip. Gawler, SA: National Library of Australia. 12 October 1894. p. 3. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ Diaries of Fanny Rosina Atyeo (1926), Entry for July 16, 1926. Accessed 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ Faithe Jones (2013). "Gawler Ward Belt Primitive Methodist Cemetery". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "DILAPIDATED HOTEL". South Australian Register. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 27 January 1912. p. 9. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
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