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The Club and Port Parham History

Who Are We?

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Port Parham is a small seaside township approx. 1 hour north of Adelaide on St Vincent's Gulf. It is South Australia's Premier Crabbing Beach and is home to the unique "Parham Jinker", a device used to launch boats in the very shallow waters of the gulf. The Port Parham Camp ground is one of the most popular free camp sites in the state.The Port Parham Sports and Social Club in First Street provides facilities to the community and travelling public and is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm and Sunday 4 pm to 8 pm.

The Bar is open during these hours and food is served from 6 pm to 8 pm in the dining room, with light meals on Wednesday and Sunday, and full meals on Friday and Saturday. Booking for meals on Friday and Saturday is desirable, call 85292211

Port Parham History

Port Parham was surveyed in about 1870 and is named for John Parham, a local farmer, who brought his grain to the area to be loaded on Ketches for transhipment to Port Adelaide. The Port has never had a jetty or wharf, but gained Port status with a number of other St Vincent Gulf Ports because flat bottomed ketches were able to float in on high tide, and settle on the bottom when the tide receded, allowing the ketches to be loaded from drays or trucks driven out to where the ketches settled. Ketches attended at Port Parham from about 1870 to the late 1940's.

The Port Parham area has been used for recreation by local families for generations dating from the 1850's and it was not uncommon for families to camp on the beach for a few days to get away from it all. There were few buildings in the township before the Second World War, and those that were facilitated the grain trade, being built for wheat buyers etc. After 1945 holiday shacks started to appear, and in about 1948 the area south of South Terrace was released for leasehold shack use. The government permitted these premises to be freeholded in the 1970s. The local council released parklands to the East of East Terrace in the mid 1960's for development, and this is now fully taken up. The Port Parham Progress Association was established in the 1950s and the volunteers of this organisation ran many fund raising events, the biggest of these being the Port Parham Gala Day, a huge event on the beachfront attended by hundreds of people. Funds raised were used to develop a children's playground and to build the original part of the Port Parham Sports and Social Club in the 1980's. Today, Port Parham and Webbs Beach have about 350 dwellings with a permanent population of about 200 in all stages of life from babies and school children to retirees, several of whom commute to local areas including Adelaide for employment.