Balaklava, S.A.

Situated off the main road in the middle of the Southern Flinders Region, Booleroo (as it is known) is a service town to its surrounding district. Grain growing is the area's backbone industry, with wool, sheep and prime lamb production also significant.

Where is it?: north of Jamestown on the Booleroo - Jamestown Road; 129 km north of Clare; 48 km south east of Wilmington

Booleroo Centre is home to the Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society. The society, developed from an annual rally first held in 1969, now maintains one of Australia's largest collections of tractors and steam engines along with farm and other steam equipment. An annual Steam Traction rally is held at the town oval the last Sunday in March.

Brief History

Edward John Eyre passed through the area in May 1839. Booleroo Centre was founded in 1875 and soon became the business centre for the large agricultural region that grew around it.

Origin of name: The name derives its name from an aboriginal word said to mean "plenty". The name was deemed appropriate because European settlement began here in the middle of a decade characterised by unusually heavy rains which made the whole wheatbelt region appear more suited to all types of agriculture than it actually is. The name was first given to the Hundred of Booleroo (the term "Hundred" in South Australia was used to indicate an area of approximately one hundred square miles), and as the town was located in the centre of it, the world "centre" was added to the town's name.

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