Port AugustaSouth Australia
Coordinates32°28′19″S 137°47′20″E / 32.472012°S 137.788771°E / -32.472012; 137.788771Coordinates: 32°28′19″S 137°47′20″E / 32.472012°S 137.788771°E / -32.472012; 137.788771[1]
Population163 (shared with adjoining suburb) (2016 census)[2][a]
Established8 July 2014 (2014-07-08)[3]
Elevation10 m (33 ft)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACST (UTC+10:30)
LGA(s)City of Port Augusta[1]
RegionFar North[1]
State electorate(s)Stuart[4]
Federal Division(s)Grey[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
26.4 °C
80 °F
12.1 °C
54 °F
215.0 mm
8.5 in
Suburbs around Davenport:
Wami Kata
Port Augusta

Davenport is a suburb in the Australian state of South Australia located about 282 kilometres (175 mi) north of the state capital of Adelaide and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-east of the municipal seat in Port Augusta.[7][1]

The suburb was created on 8 July 2014 on land excluded from the existing suburbs of Port Augusta and Wami Kata.[3] This followed a request from the Davenport Community Council, the organisation representing the aboriginal community residing there.[8][9] It is located within the cadastral unit of the  Hundred of Davenport.[1] The names of private roads and the numbering of property within the suburb were approved by the council meeting of the City of Port Augusta held on 27 October 2014.[10]

Land in both the suburb and the adjoining suburb of Wami Kuta was associated with the Umeewarra Mission which was operated by the Open Brethren Assemblies of South Australia from 1937 to 1964 and whose main elements were a school and a home for children. In 1964, the mission came under the control of the South Australian government. At the same time, the area was renamed as the Davenport Reserve. In 1968, the administration of the reserve was transferred to the Davenport Community Council. The children’s home closed in 1995 when its superintendent retired.[7]

Land use within Davenport is residential, however planning regulations do permit the establishment of facilities for recreation, "small scale light industry" and community use which are consistent with the historical character of the community living within the suburb.[11] Davenport includes the Wami Kata Old Folks Home, an aged care facility, and the former Umeewarra Mission building which as of 2014 was scheduled for demolition despite calls for its retention by former occupants.[12][13]

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Davenport and an adjoining part of the suburb of Port Augusta shared a population of 163 people of whom 98.1% identify as being "Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people."[2]

Davenport is located within the federal division of Grey, the state electoral district of Stuart and the local government area of the City of Port Augusta.[5][4][1]



  1. ^ For the 2016 census, the ‘State Suburb of Davenport’ consisted of the suburb of Davenport and part of the adjoining suburb of Port Augusta.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Search results for 'Davenport, SUB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Hundreds', 'Local Government Areas', 'Postcodes', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Davenport (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Michael Burdett, Surveyor General of South Australia (8 July 2014). "Notice to Alter the Boundaries of Places and to Assign a Name to a Place" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
    Proposal to create the rural locality of Davenport (PDF) (Map). 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "District of Stuart Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Federal electoral division of Grey". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Summary (climate) statistics PORT AUGUSTA AERO (nearest weather station)". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b c George, Karen (2005), "Section 3, Homes run by the Christian Brethren/ Open Brethren Assemblies of South Australia (Umeewarra Mission Childrens Home)" (PDF), 'Finding Your Own Way’, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., p. 2, retrieved 28 March 2019
  8. ^ "Notice of ordinary council meeting" (PDF). Port Augusta City Council. 19 June 2014. pp. 13 & 16. Retrieved 30 March 2019. ... received under the initial direction of the Davenport Community Council, and is not an initiative of the Port Augusta City Council.
  9. ^ "Aboriginal Communities on Trust Lands". Aboriginal Lands Trust. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ "DAVENPORT COMMUNITY – STREET NAMING & PROPERTY NUMBERING" (PDF). City of Port Augusta. 27 October 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Development Plan, Port Augusta (City) Consolidated – 7 July 2016" (PDF). Government of South Australia. p. 84. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Wami Kata Old Folks Home". Wami Kata Old Folks Home Inc. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  13. ^ Say, Steph (14 October 2014). "Protests continue against Umeewarra Mission demolition". The Transcontinental. Retrieved 29 March 2019.