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Find Millicent

The industrial and commercial town of Millicent is situated 412 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. Prior to white settlement the Bungandidj Aboriginal people are thought to have inhabited the area. Land was first taken up in the region by Samuel Davenport in 1845, who established the 'Mayurra' run. Pioneer George Glen became the manager of the property.

Millicent Museum, Millicent (courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission)

In 1854 Glen married Millicent Sophia Short, the daughter of Adelaide's first Anglican bishop. When the town was surveyed in 1870 it was named in her honour.

The Somerset Hotel (1872) was the first hotel to open at the townsite. This was also the location of a court hearing where a number of locals were charged with looting after the 'Geltwood' sank off Rivoli Bay in 1876. The accused were all acquitted of the charge. Though the hotel is still in business, the building is far from the original structure.

Millicent Living History Museum (courtesy Wattle Range Council)

The railway reached Millicent in 1879.

In the early 20th century pine plantations were established nearby. These were followed by two pulp and paper mills at Snuggery. This industry is today Millicent’s largest employer.

Somerset Hotel Motel, Millicent (courtesy Wattle Range Council)

In 1957, a major drainage scheme began in the district, converting the previously existing swamps into suitable farming land. Known as the Woakwine Cutting, this channel was constructed by local landowner Murray McCourt from his property through the mountains to Lake George. The project was completed in May 1960.

Bruce Towers History Room
Information: The History Room is a collection of information relating to events, people, places and organisations. It also contains a furniture gallery and is named after Bruce Towers, a well known local historian who lived for his love of community and history, particularly of Millicent and surrounds. As well as a general collection the History Room contains a photographic collection of more than 3000 prints; local school records; newspaper micro films; a developing oral history collection; micro fische records; birth, death and marriage records on CD Rom; a film collection; and other records. Open 9am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday; from 6.30pm to 8.30pm Tuesday and Friday; and 9am to 12pm Saturdays.
Phone: 08 8733 0903

Millicent Library Service, Ridge Terrace
Millicent SA 5280

Millicent Visitor Information Centre
Information: Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday. Closed Christmas Day.
Phone: 08 8733 0904
Fax: 08 8733 3205

1 Mt Gambier Road
Millicent SA 5280

Postal Address:

PO Box 27
Millicent SA 5280

Email: millicent@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Website: http://www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au



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