Quaint Stockport township hosts 175th settlement year

Photo: Google Maps
Photo: Google Maps

The 175th anniversary settlement of Stockport will be celebrated on Sunday, August 4 with past and present residents invited to attend.

Organisers have secured guest for the day, ABC radio announcer Peter Goers, who has relatives buried at the town's cemetery.

After extensive research by local historian, the late Dennis Burman, it was discovered that Stockport was first settled in 1844 and surveyed the following year.

Mr Burman wrote a chronological history of the Stockport district describing the area after European settlement until the current period.

The town, located 15km south of Tarlee, is one of the oldest towns north of Gawler and was instrumental in the development of the state north of Adelaide.

It was part of the transport route bringing copper ore from Burra and became a very reliable agricultural region.

Over the years the town has survived many trials, including major floods and fires.

Presently, the town has become home to a vibrant community of about 70 families.

On Sunday, August 4, the public, including all past and present residents and other interested people, are urged to join in celebrating the town's special milestone.

As the event coincides with the 150th year of the present site of the Stockport cemetery, organisers plan to start the day at the cemetery before lunch, formalities and reminiscing at the oval.

Mr Burman's published book along with a commemorative Shiraz will be available to visitors on the day.

According to organisers Brian and Dick, they hope that details of the anniversary event spreads far and wide.

For more details, contact Brian 0429 954 221 or Dick 0498 363 380.