Australian Towns & Cities
South Australia: Keith
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Keith, located on the Dukes Highway between Tailem Bend and Bordertown, is the centre for the local grain growing, olive production, wool and beef industries. Up until the 1880's, the area was known as Mount Monster (named after the small albeit prominent granite feature to the south) and formed part of the Ninety Mile Desert. The town was surveyed in 1884 and grew quickly around the existence of the railway. The area became prosperous in the 1940's after the CSIRO's research of adding trace elements to the soils resulted in productive farmland. The AMP society in the 1950's funded large scale land clearing and the initial establishment of farmlands, of which nowadays supports the local industries. A water pipeline connecting the River Murray at Tailem Bend to Keith & Bordertown gave the town and surrounding area a stable water supply.

The town is also an important service centre for motorists travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne, offering a range of shops, accommodation and rest areas. The peculiar water feature in the standout Don Moseley Park (adjacent to Dukes Hwy and Anzac Tce) pays homage to irrigation which helped sustain farming the region. The town derives its from Lord Kintore, the Governor of South Australia at the time who's former Scottish home town was called Keith Hall.

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Keith Town Centre:
Corner of Makin St and McBain St in Keith, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Circle Work Fountain:
Don Moseley Park, looking south east with the Circle Work Fountain, Keith, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Keith Town Centre:
Corner of Hender St & Dugan St in Keith, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Keith Town Centre:
Hender Street, looking southeast from Dugan Street, Keith, December 2001.

Image © Jamie Scuglia

Grain Silos:
View of the grain silos adjacent the Adelaide-Wolseley railway line at Keith, December 2013.

Image © Michael Greenslade

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats

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