County of Newcastle

The County of Newcastle is one of the 49 counties of South Australia spanning the central Flinders Ranges. It was named in 1876 for Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, the eighth Duke of Newcastle.[2]

South Australia
Kanyaka homestead and surrounding scrub in the Hundred of Kanyaka
Newcastle is located in South Australia
Coordinates32°12′S 138°05′E / 32.20°S 138.09°E / -32.20; 138.09Coordinates: 32°12′S 138°05′E / 32.20°S 138.09°E / -32.20; 138.09
Established22 June 1876[1]
Area3,160 km2 (1,221 sq mi)
Lands administrative divisions around Newcastle:
Blachford Hanson
Manchester Newcastle Granville
Manchester Frome Dalhousie

Local governmentEdit

Local government was initiated within the county in 1883 with the establishment of the Corporate Town of Quorn in the Hundred of Pichi Richi in the central south the county. In 1888 the councils of Davenport (later called Woolundunga) and Kanyaka were established, bringing the whole county under local governance.

Local government for the western third of the county (west of Dutchmans Range and Middle Range ridge line, that is, the Hundred of Crozier, the west half of the Hundred of Yarrah, the western majority of the Hundred of Wyacca and the western flank of the Hundred of Pichi Richi) was ceded to the state prior to the abolition of the Woolundunga council in the early 1900s.

In 1969 Kanyaka and Quorn councils amalgamated, uniting the remaining incorporated eastern two thirds of the county under one local government body, the District Council of Kanyaka-Quorn. In 1997, Kanyaka-Quorn amalgamated with the District Council of Hawker to the north to form the much larger Flinders Ranges Council.


The county is divided into the following 9 hundreds:


  1. ^ Ayers, Henry (22 June 1876). "Untitled proclamation re establishment of the counties of Newcastle, Granville and Musgrave, and the alteration of the boundaries of the County of Flinders" (PDF). The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. p. 1182. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Placename Details: County of Newcastle". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. 24 June 2009. SA0049569. Retrieved 24 July 2017. Derivation of Name: Duke of Newcastle; Other Details: Area 1221 square miles.