Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Very Brief History of Coromandel Valley


The valley was originally the home of the Kaurna people who moved up to live in the Hills during summer to escape the heat of the Adelaide Plains. The first European settlers were runaway sailors who fled their ship The Coromandel in 1837. These sailors however did not settle for long in the valley. The first European settler was James Chambers in 1837. Over the next two decades families settled in the valley and initiated agricultural and grazing activities. Families with a historical link to the valley include; Turner, Winn, Murray, Gill, Matthews and Ackland.

The population increased during the 1870s and 1880s and churches, schools and roads were built and other transport links were developed linking Coromandel Valley with Adelaide and Clarendon to the South. A few historical buildings and monuments remain including the institute, churches, jam and biscuit factory, bakery and general store.

Here's the link to the rest of the article - http://dcw.onkaparingacity.com/webdata/resources/files/COROMANDEL_VALLEY.doc

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