Blyth is a small town in the
mid-north of South
Australia, located 15
kms east of renowned the Clare Valley.
It has a population of 306, the farming
community spanning the plains between the Clare Hills and The
Barunga Ranges. Altitude is 189 metres, and rainfall is
approximately 440 mm per annum.
approximately 132 km north of Adelaide, the
district's climate and soils are well suited to wheat, barley, legumes, hay, sheep, cattle and pigs.
Blyth is recognised as being a strong small community with a big
spirit. The town today boasts a General Store, Post Office, Pub and
Gallery/Studio, as well as sporting facilities for football,
netball, bowls, cricket and golf. Several businesses based in Blyth
service the region. A recent addition is the Blyth Cinema housed in
a beautifully renovated church.
The township was proclaimed in 1860 and named in honour of Sir
, who arrived in South
Australia as a teenager with his parents in 1839 and went on to
become a businessman and parliamentarian. The township of Blyth was
founded in 1875.
In 1876, it was the terminus of the narrow gauge railway to
line ultimately was extended to Gladstone
and converted to broad
(1600 mm) gauge.
- Horse and Steam, Wheat and Copper
Callaghan, W.H. Australian Railway Historical Society
Bulletin, January;February, 2002 pp9-27;46-63