Friday, March 16, 2012

Peachey Belt

A newspaper article in 1851 described Peachey Belt;

Crossing the river from the inn,w e entered the hundred of Munno Para on he road to Gawler Town. From this place, at some distance across the plain to the west and in line with the Gulf, stretches what is called the Peachey Belt - a forest tract consisting chiefly of peppermint gum timber, extending 10 miles in length from south to north, by an average breadth of three miles. The importance of this vast range of material for fencing and firewood, particularly the latter, at no very great distance from Adelaide is almost incalculable. It would seem from its yet dense appearance, to be almost inexhaustible; but at any rate will afford an abundant supply for many years. Much of this belt remains vested in the Crown, but parts of it are said to have been recently sold. Its name as Peachey Belt ceases at Galwer Town,, but the range continues under the name of the Pinery - the character of the timber being of course altered as the latter name indicated.

South Australian Register, Tuesday 3 June 1851

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