Kingston South East


a coastal town in south-eastern SA, on the shores of Lacepede Bay.
{named after Sir George Strickland Kingston1 who built a house on the site of the town in 1840}
The coastal region around Kingston South East lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Ngarrindjeri people. In 1802 French explorer Nicholas Baudin charted and named Lacepede Bay. The township and port were founded in 1858 and from the 1860s the surrounding swampy country was drained. Free selectors took up land from 1878 and, following extensions to the wharf, Kingston became a centre for shipping out wool and wheat. Today the local economy is based on rock-lobster fishing and tourism. `South East' was added to the town name to avoid confusion with Kingston-on-Murray, also in SA.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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