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South Australia
Mannum as seen from a nearby lookout

34°54′0″S 139°18′0″E / 34.90000°S 139.30000°E / -34.90000; 139.30000Coordinates: 34°54′0″S 139°18′0″E / 34.90000°S 139.30000°E / -34.90000; 139.30000

Population 2,042[1]
Established 1854
Postcode(s) 5238
Mayor Dave Burgess[2]
Location 84 km (52 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) Mid Murray Council
State electorate(s) Schubert
Federal Division(s) Barker

Mannum is a historic town on the west bank of the Murray River in South Australia, 84 kilometres (52 mi) east of Adelaide. At the 2006 census, Mannum had a population of 2,042.[1] Mannum headquarters the Mid Murray Council, and is situated in both the State Electoral District of Schubert and the federal Division of Barker.

The first settlement in the area was in 1840. The first ship (a side-wheel paddle steamer) built on the Murray River was launched at Mannum by William Randell in 1852. A shipbuilding industry continued in Mannum until into the 20th century. William Randell is memorialised by the preservation of the boiler the Paddle Wheeler; Mary Ann in the town's recreation park. His dry dock today holds the Marion, an 1897 built paddle wheeler; managed by the National Trust of Australia as a museum. The Marion left active service in 1950 and spent until 1963 as a boarding house.[3]

A number of other manufacturing industries were established in the town, and some continue; although not as large as they once were. The largest heavy manufacturing company was David Shearer (later Horwood-Bagshaw) who made farm equipment.

Mannum's significance as a river port declined with the railways reaching Morgan in 1878 and Murray Bridge in 1886. The largest ship operating on the Murray is the Murray Princess, a passenger stern-wheel paddle boat based at Mannum offering weekly cruises. The restored historic paddle steamer PS Marion is also based at Mannum and cruises several times a year. Before restoration, it was a static display in a drydock for many years.Mannum is also a base for houseboats available for hire. Because of its position on the Murray River; in 1954 the Mannum-Adelaide pipeline was built to help provide Adelaide with a reliable water supply.

Today; Mannum is a busy township, and a popular tourist destination; particularly during the summer months. The population of Mannum and the surrounding area grows to about 10,000 when semi-residents (shack owners) and tourists are taken into consideration. The town has three hotels, a Foodland supermarket and many specialty shops.

Sports and Recreation

The town has an Australian Football team competing in the River Murray Football League; nicknamed the Roos. The Roos currently have a former AFL player; Clive Waterhouse at the club. The Roos are a well bound club with players that have been in the club for 0ver 300 games; Colin Berry, Backman 304.

The Mannum Rowing Club was founded in 1910.[4] The club is located on River Lane on the banks of the Murray in Mannum. The club hosts the annual Mannum Regatta and the Arnold Cup.[5]

Mannum hosts a number of other sports during the year; most notably netball in the winter months (the netball club is also nicknamed the Roos), and cricket and tennis in the summer months. The local Community Complex hosts many various indoor sports, including basketball, squash, various martial arts and it contains a gym and other workout rooms.

In the summer months, particularly over the January holidays; water sports are extremely popular (Mainly water skiing and wakeboarding), where both residents and tourists bring their own water craft to use on the river.


Selected events in the history of Mannum.[6]

  • 1851, The first pastoral leases in the district are signed.
  • 1853, Mannum becomes a port on the Murray and the Hundred of Mannum is declared.
  • 1863, Mannum's first store, "Bogan store" is opened and run by Thomas Randell's wife.
  • 1864, Port Mannum is surveyed under government direction.
  • 1865, Mannum's post office opens although home mail delivery does not begin until 1949.
  • 1869, A private port Mannum is surveyed.
  • 1869, Bogan hotel is opened.
  • 1870, Largest flood to date on the river.
  • 1876, Walker's flour mill begins operations.
  • 1877, District council of Mannum proclaimed. David Shearer begins a blacksmithing business.
  • 1886, Murray bridge declared a port taking away much of Mannum's river trade.
  • 1902, Kerosene Street lighting installed, changed to acetylene in 1905 and electric in 1923
  • 1906, First telephone installed, Automatic exchange installed in 1979.
  • 1912, First paper, the Mannum Mercury, published, closing in 1917.
  • 1921, The district hospital was built.
  • 1925, Mannum technical school opened
  • 1930, Mary Ann's boiler moved to the recreation ground.
  • 1931, Highest flood since 1870.
  • 1932, Main street renamed Randell Street.
  • 1954, Mannum-Adelaide pipeline completed.
  • 1956, Highest recorded floods at Mannum during the 1956 Murray River flood.
  • 1963, The Marion reaches Mannum, her new home.She is recommissioned in 1994.
  • 1997, District council of Mannum becomes part of the Mid-Murray district council.




External links

  • Mannum Dock Museum of River History & PS Marion
  • South Australian History - Mannum
  • Walkabout - Mannum

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