South Australia
Population59 (SAL 2021)[1]
LGA(s)Northern Areas Council[2]
State electorate(s)Frome[2]
Federal division(s)Grey[2]
Localities around Narridy:
Crystal Brook
Crystal Brook Narridy Georgetown
Redhill Koolunga Gulnare

Narridy is a locality in the Mid North region of South Australia, situated within the Northern Areas Council.[2]

The surrounding cadastral Hundred of Narridy was proclaimed by Governor Sir James Fergusson in 1871 as part of the areas opened up for selection under the Strangways Land Act.[3][2][4] The government town of Narridy was surveyed in July of the same year.[2] The modern locality was established in April 2001 for the long established name, and formally absorbed the former government town. The current boundaries do not cover the entire Hundred of Narridy: the north-eastern quarter lies in Georgetown, while the village of Huddleston to the north-west has been gazetted as a separate locality.[2]

It was the seat of its own municipality, the District Council of Narridy, from 1876 to 1888.[5] Narridy Post Office opened in December 1873 and closed on 31 August 1974.[6] The Narridy Cemetery was gazetted on 7 September 1872 and reverted to Crown land on 9 July 1985.[7]

It formerly had a hotel, the Narridy Hotel, which served as a meeting place for the local area. The building had a dramatic partial collapse on 19 August 1904 and does not appear to have reopened. The liquor licence was transferred to a new hotel at Gulnare in June 1907, and the remainder of the building and fittings were advertised for sale in the same month.[8][9][10] The licence transfer was the source of some controversy, but it was successful, and the building was subsequently let to a local resident.[11]

In 1876, Narridy was described as "a smaller place but the centre of an important district", boasting Messrs. Porter & Roberts's mill, "a fine hotel, a saddler's, a wheelwright's and blacksmith's shop, a store, a chapel and schoolroom and a few private buildings".[12] The village had declined sharply by 1905, when another visiting journalist described Narridy as "not nearly so flourishing as in the early days of its existence, and in point of size the town is one of the smallest on the map. One store and a public house about comprise the business places, but several dilapidated buildings and ruins testify to past prosperity."[13]

The Country Fire Service station at Narridy opened in 1957.[14]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Narridy (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search result(s) for Narridy, 5523". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Georgetown". Northern Areas Council. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. ^ "GOVERNMENT GAZETTE". The Express and Telegraph. Vol. VIII, no. 2, 316. South Australia. 21 July 1871. p. 3 (SECOND EDITION.). Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Marsden, Susan (2012). "A History of South Australian Councils to 1936" (PDF). Local Government Association of South Australia. p. 41. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Narridy". Post Office Reference. Premier Postal. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Narridy Cemetery". Australian Cemeteries. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  8. ^ "COLLAPSE OF AN HOTEL". Adelaide Observer. Vol. LXI, no. 3, 282. South Australia. 27 August 1904. p. 1 (The Observer Country Supplement). Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS". The Areas' Express. Vol. XXX, no. 2, 006. South Australia. 7 June 1907. p. 2. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "North-Eastern Licensing District". Quorn Mercury. Vol. XIII, no. 630. South Australia. 11 June 1907. p. 1. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "Personal Reminiscences". Recorder. No. 11, 123. South Australia. 24 November 1934. p. 3. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "THE MINISTERIAL TRIP TO THE NORTHERN PORTS AND GLADSTONE RAILWAY". South Australian Chronicle And Weekly Mail. Vol. XIX, no. 955. South Australia. 9 December 1876. p. 7. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ "ADELAIDE TO PORT AUGUSTA BY ROAD". Observer. Vol. LXII, no. 3, 308. South Australia. 25 February 1905. p. 41. Retrieved 31 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  14. ^ "Narridy". South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit. Retrieved 31 March 2016.

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