Contact Details

Ross Leckie

PO Box 24

MOUNT TORRENS 5244

Australia

Phone: 0407 389 333

Email:
rockyhillmt@bigpond.com

About

Mount Torrens is a town in the eastern Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, 46 kilometres east-north-east of the state capital, Adelaide and 8 km east of Lobethal along the Angas Creek, a tributary of the River Torrens. It is located in the Adelaide Hills Council local government area. At the ABS 2006 census, Mount Torrens had a population of 337.

Mount Torrens Historic Village, population 200, elevation 440m

The historic village of Mount Torrens (and nearby hill) was named after Colonel Robert Torrens, one of South Australia's founding fathers, apparently in the mistaken belief that the Angas Creek which flows down the hill was the source of the Torrens River.

The town was developed by the Dunn family in the early 1840s when it was known as Barton Springs, incorporating a farmhouse, smithy, stables and the Cornish Arms Inn. The town proper was laid out in 1853, and it served the Murray River trade at Mannum as well as a nearby copper mine. A small gold deposit was discovered in 1870, as witnessed by the old gold battery just north of the town, but by World War I, the town's importance had diminished (Wikipedia, 2013)

The town was granted State Heritage status in 2006.

The Mt Torrens & Districts Community Association encourages preservation of the town’s historic buildings, sites and environs, while improving the amenities for local residents.