"LAURA - A TYPICAL NORTHERN TOWN" Laura by balhannah
Laura Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 41 photos
Laura is a delightful northern town in South Australia, made famous by having the Golden North Ice-cream factory here.
Laura was named after the wife of pioneer pastoralist Herbert Hughes. Her name was Laura Bristow Hughes
The town was founded as a district centre in 1871 after his vast “Booyoolee Run” was carved up into settler farms.
Two Chinese market gardeners settled here and implemented South Australia's first irrigation system to grow vegetables and fruit at Laura.
Beer, ice and dairy products were later produced in the town for shipment to Broken Hill after its mining operations were established in the 1880s.
Flax was also produced in the area.
This poem, 'Laura Days' was written by Poet C.J. Dennis, to celebrate the town's Golden Jubilee (50years) in 1932.
"When the evening sun slants through the gums,
By my forest-rimmed abode
Once more the old clear picture comes,
And my mind drifts down the road;
Back to the town by Beetaloo,
Where the rocky river strays;
Back to the old kind friends I knew
In the dear dead Laura days."
Laura holds a Folk Fair in April every year. There is no admission fee, and it goes for 2 days.
Then yearly in July, is the Laura Country Music Festival
After enjoying a great meal and then a walk to burn off some calories, it was time to move onto CRYSTAL BROOK, another northern town.
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