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Kingston SE

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Kingston SE is a town in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state's south-east coastline on the shores of Lacepede Bay. It is located about 240km southeast of the state capital of Adelaide and 138km north-west of the centre of the city of Mount Gambier. At the 2011 census, Kingston SE had a population of 1,425.HistoryThe town was named after Sir George Strickland Kingston, a South Australian politician, surveyor and architect. Kingston Post Office opened on 9 February 1869. The extension on its name is to distinguish Kingston in the South East (of South Australia) from another 'Kingston' in the state which is now officially named "Kingston On Murray" was added in July 1940. The present-day town of Kingston SE includes the original Kingston, as well as the towns of Port Caroline and Maria Creek.The town was connected to Naracoorte by a railway known as the Kingston-Naracoorte railway in 1876, providing a port for the grain and wool grown away from the coast. The rails were converted to broad gauge in 1959. The railway closed on 28 November 1987 then was dismantled on 15 September 1991.TodayThe main industries are fishing, winemaking, sheep and cattle farming and recreation, the district having a large influx of tourists during holiday periods throughout the year.
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