Snowtown is a small agricultural town in the Mid North of South Australia located on the main North, South, East and West Interstate railway line.
The settlement of Snowtown by non-indigenous Australians initially grew up around a railway station on the Brinkworth-Wallaroo line, which opened on October 1, 1879.
Located on what was traditionally the land of the Kaurna (indigenous) people, the first pioneers arrived sometime between 1867- 1869 due to the rapid expansion of farming to the north of the area. During this period one of the first major structures, the old Snowtown Hotel (1868), was built.
It wasn't until 1869 that the government took much interest in the area. At this time they planned to establish towns throughout the district and to divide the land into much smaller holdings.
Snowtown's charter was formally proclaimed by the then Governor of South Australia, Sir William Jervois on December 17, 1878. Governor Jervois named the town after one of the members of the Snow family - probably Thomas who was Jervois's aide de camp, although Sebastian Snow was the Governor's Private Secretary. The Snow family were his cousins and lived on the Yorke Peninsula (which lies immediately west and southwest of Snowtown).
The settlement continued to grow rapidly, servicing the farming community with the opening of 3 General Stores, Saddlery, Boot-maker, Blacksmith and Machinist, Flour Mills, Butcher, Hotel, Bakery, Bank, School, Brickworks, and many other businesses also Community amenities such as the Institute.
The town achieved notoriety in 1999 when it became the site for the storage of a number of bodies after the largest serial killing in Australia – bodies were found in barrels stored in a vault of one of the town's disused bank buildings. When added to bodies found in a yard in suburban Adelaide the total came to eleven.
According to the most recent records, the district population is 520.
The town is situated 105.5 metres above sea level with an average rainfall of 389mm and is a prosperous settlement 148 km north of Adelaide.
The district is noted for its high quality wheat, wool, fat lambs and first class stock breeding.
The Grain Silo's at Snowtown