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Encyclopedia > Port Pirie

Port Pirie is a city located in South Australia, Australia with a population of 15,200. It was founded in 1845 as a settlement. Located 225 kilometres north of Adelaide, Australia.


Port Pirie is located at a Latitude of 3310' South and Longitude of 13800' East and at an elevation of 4 metres above sea level.

Port Pirie operates the smelters for the wealthy Broken Hill lead and zinc mines, see BHP.


From 1938 to 1970, Port Pirie had the dubious distinction of being a railway junction between railways of three different gauges:

  • 3' 6" to Broken Hill.
  • 4' 8" to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (trans-continental 'Indian Pacific' service).
  • 5' 3" to Adelaide.

In 1970, the line from Port Pirie to Broken Hill was converted to standard gauge, reducing Port Pirie to having two gauges, but creating three-guage stations at Gladstone and Peterborough. In 1982, the line to Adelaide was also converted to standard gauge.

External link

  • Port Pirie, South Australia reference (http://www.wilmap.com.au/port_pirie.html)

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Port Pirie Fly-in (1208 words)
What a fascinating town Port Pirie is. It was the second town to be proclaimed in South Australia and named after the first commercial vessel to sail into the port discovered by Matthew Flinders on one of his circumnavigations of this country.
Port Pirie is dominated by it's lead smelter stack which is the second highest in the Southern Hemisphere, and can be used as a landmark when arriving from any direction.
Port Pirie is in a semi-arid area where red sand and bluebush, a saltbush type of shrub dominate the coastal plains.
Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Port Pirie, South Australia (738 words)
Port Pirie is a city located 224 kilometres north of Adelaide in South Australia.
On September 28 1876, Port Pirie was declared a municipality, with a population of 947.
Port Pirie was proclaimed a city in 1953, becoming the first provincial city in South Australia.
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