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Clayton Bay. Here a narrow channel separates Clayton Bay on the mainland from Hindmarsh Island as the waterways head off towards the Murray Mouth.

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Clayton Bay. Here a narrow channel separates Clayton Bay on the mainland from Hindmarsh Island as the waterways head off towards the Murray Mouth.

Point Sturt and Clayton Bay.
This locality near Clayton Bay, projecting into Lake Alexandrina directly across the Lake from Point McLeay and the Narrows to Lake Albert. It was named of course after Charles Sturt who passed here on his boat trip down the Murray River to the mouth in 1830. He was the first white man to enter the Ngarrindjeri country and to explore parts of South Australia. Dr John Rankine of Strathalbyn had an occupation license over the Point Sturt district and all of Hindmarsh Island by 1844. But this well-watered land surrounded by fresh water was not going to be held by pastoralists for long. The government declared the Hundred of Alexandrina in 1851 and the land was then surveyed and sold in 80 acre sections to aspiring cattle and dairy farmers from 1854. Early white settlers at Point Sturt were members of the Pearce, Mann, Yelland and Oakley families. Most of these early settlers stayed on at Point Sturt into the 20th century. Because the farms were small in those days a small settlement emerged. David Mann built the Baptist Church which was erected in 1861. It had strong links with the Milang Church of Christ which was built in 1857. The minister in Milang preached at Point Sturt as well as Milang. The land for the Point Sturt church was donated by the Yelland family and a cemetery was established there too. In 1964 more land was acquired by the Church of Christ to establish a youth camp centre in temporary buildings. Permanent buildings which still exist were erected in 1976. The Baptist Church became a Christian Chapel by 1886 and by 1892 it was a Church of Christ building. A little further towards Point Sturt itself the Congregationalists also built a church in 1860. A local school operated in the Church of Christ from the 1861 and then in the Congregational Church from 1879. As the congregation dwindled the church was sold to the state education department in 1888. As a result of an earthquake around 1926 solid buttresses were added to the then school. It finally closed as a school in 1928 and became a private residence. At the very end of the peninsula was the Point Sturt Estate which was purchased by Donald Gollan, the wealthy pastoralist of Strathalbyn, in 1857 when original landowners sold off their 80 acre sections. Gollan acquired 3,212 acres here. Gollan sold this large estate to Robert Barr Smith in 1862 who in turn sold it on John Howard Angas in 1888. So three of the greatest pastoral families of SA at one time owned Point Sturt. Angas established an Australian shorthorn cattle stud on the estate which produced prized cattle for sale all over Australian. The stud manager was appropriately named John Steer. After John Howard Angas’ death the land was sold off as nine farms in 1913 but Alfred Scarfe a director of Harris Scarfe’s department stores (which still exists as a company) purchased the nine properties and continued the Point Sturt Estate as one large estate. The land was later sold on to the Sidney Kidman family in 1963 who ran a cattle property here known as Point Sturt Pty Ltd. Point Sturt is still a cattle district.

Clayton Bay was subdivided as a settlement in 1859 and soon had a store, Post Office and a few dwellings but the town never progressed. Strategically it is an important place as the channel separating it from Hindmarsh Island is at its narrowest at Clayton Bay. Thus during the big SA drought in 2008 the government erected a temporary barrage here to stop the flow of Lake Alexandrina waters towards the Murray mouth. And in the 1840s Dr John Rankine operated his own ferry service from the Clayton Bay to Hindmarsh Island. It mainly transported his sheep and workers. Clayton Bay was formerly known just as Clayton but this was changed a few years ago to avoid confusion with Clayton in Victoria. A well-known yabby restaurant used to operate here from 1974 until about 2009. Today Clayton Bay is a holiday area known for its fishing, birdlife and boat club.


By Monterey Pier 1

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By Monterey Pier 1


...the fishing activity of the day has finished...

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...the fishing activity of the day has finished...

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Wilmington May 2016: Last Days

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Wilmington May 2016: Last Days

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