HAWKER - Hub of the Flinders Ranges - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Altitude 315 metres  Latitude 31.89 S  Longitude 138.42 E  Area Population 500  Town Population 300


3 February 2003 HOTTEST DAY EVER IN HAWKER (Bureau of Meteorology Media Release)

Four stations in South Australia recorded their highest ever maximum temperatures. Hawker recorded 46C on the 19th, while Kadina (45.5C), Parafield Airport (46.4C) and Keith (45.4C) all recorded these extreme temperatures on the 25th.

5 October 2002 EARTHQUAKE HITS HAWKER ( Advertiser 5 October)

An earthquake woke residents of Hawker yesterday. The quake, measuring 3.5 on the Richter Scale, hit about 3:45am - the largest quake measured in South Australia this year.

Earthquakes are not considered dangerous until they reach at least 5 on the scale.


A weekend of celebrations will be held in Hawker on the 20th and 21st September to celebrate the 21st Annual Hawker Art Exhibition.

Celebrations kick off on Friday night, 20th September, with a grand opening of the Art Exhibition at the Hawker Institute starting at 7:30pm.

All residents in the Hawker and surrounding district have been invited to attend, but visitors to the area are also most welcome to enjoy a fine night of music, wine and cheese and the viewing of 540 works of art from 120 artists.

The occasion will also include the official opening of the newly renovated front of the Institute building. The Art Exhibition has recently contributed $60000 towards this project with the remainder of the cost being met by the Flinders Ranges Council. The Council's Mayor, Mr Max McHugh, will officiate at 8:30pm. Photos of construction.

Prior to the 7:30pm opening, the present and past Committee members together with participating artists will celebrate 21 years of successfully promoting the Flinders Ranges through the work of artists. A special feature will be the recognition of 6 artists who have taken part in all 21 exhibitions.

An added attraction will be the display of 11 large bright banners around the town. These were pinted and put together by many community members ranging from 5 to 80 year old.  Photo of banner

Art Exhibition details including catalogue and sales during exhibition.


Travellers from the south and from the Eastern States can now reach Hawker and the Central Flinders Ranges on the completely sealed Orroroo - Carrieton - Hawker road.

The latest section to be completed takes the traveller from Cradock to the the Quorn - Hawker road via a new section which emerges opposite the spectacular Yourambulla Peak, 10 km south of Hawker.

On arriving in Hawker, travellers will find all services within the township which is accessed by turning right into Wilpena Road at the well-lit and sign-posted T-junction.

Hawker is now a comfortable day's drive from places such as Broken Hill, Mildura and the Riverland, as well as Adelaide.



An appreciative crowd of over 200 locals and visitors witnessed the presentation of 38 debutantes and partners to Mr and Mrs Bill Spur, CEO of the South Australian Tourism Commission on the night of 24 August.

The debutantes and partners gave a wonderful performance of the Bicentennial Queens Waltz with music provided by the "Shenanigans". Everyone then joined in to dance the night away to the irresistible music.

Photo of dance


The first four months of 2002 have been the fourth driest on record with a total of only 5.8mm. Since records were first kept in 1880 only three other years have had less rain during the January - April period: 1896 with 5.4mm, 1965 with 1.3mm and 1986 with 5.6mm.

It is somewhat reassuring that in each of those previous years the rainfall for the next 8 months of the year was above to well above average!

Hawker monthly rainfall - 2001 - 2002
Hawker average monthly rainfall

27 April 2002 DIAMOND SEARCH TO START (Reported in "The Advertiser" 27 April 2002)

South Australia's newest search for diamonds will begin soon near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

Adelaide based Flinders Diamonds Limited will drill its first exploration holes in the region early next month. It will drill test three kimberlite targets on its flagship Springfield and Boolcunda Basin projects, about 30 km south of Hawker

The exploration holes will be from 400m to 600m deep beneath old volcanic eruptions.Nearly 200 diamonds have already been discovered in the Springfield Basin.

10 February 2002

YEAR OF THE OUTBACK GRANTS WON IN HAWKER The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has awarded Year of The Outback Community Grants to Hawker, to assist in staging a Year of The Outback focus weekend in September.

 Receiving Grants were the Hawker Social Club and Art Exhibition Committee, who are planning local celebrations to recognize Year of the Outback and the 21st anniversary of The Hawker Art Exhibition this year.

 This follows the success of both organizations in applying for other grants to assist in staging the Year of the Outback 21st Art Exhibition Weekend on September 20-22.

 The Hawker Art Exhibition Committee received a SATC grant to support the hanging of banners around the town to mark the weekend’s festivities. This follows a successful application to Country Arts SA, who awarded funds for an artist to work with community members this year, to make large silk banners for the occasion.

 The grant received by the Hawker Social Club, will help stage ‘Outback In the Park’ on September 21. At this event following the Art Exhibition opening night, the Social Club plans to create a carnival atmosphere at Hawker’s Blue Burt Park, with live music, Aussie tucker and outback activities.

 The local Area School will also be involved, following an Artist In School’s Grant, which will allow Hawker Area School to employ an artist from KneeHIGH puppeteers for eight days. Students will work with the artist and showcase their giant puppets and fire sculptures at the park.

 “We applied for the grants because we felt the local community would enjoy being a part of Year of the Outback and we felt it would be positive for the town”, Hawker Social Club President, Nick Garrood, said.  “We wanted to work with others to create a weekend of celebrations for the community and recognize the Hawker Art Exhibition’s anniversary.

18 January 2002

Photographs which follow the renovations of the Hawker Institute



HAWKER INSTITUTE BEING RE-MODELLED For a community organisation to be able to contribute $60,000 to a project is a huge achievement, which is what’s happened in Hawker recently.

The Hawker Art Exhibition Committee has contributed the impressive amount to re-modelling the front foyer and toilet area of the Hawker Institute building. This area, which was opened in 1968 as modern additions to the 1893 building, was knocked down and cleared this week in quick time. Heath Fels, General Builder, who won the contract to rebuild the foyer and toilets, said he plans to complete the work by April 30, with the use of local contractors.  New work has been designed to blend in with the post office building next door, with stone work to match in with the original stone work of the main hall.

Joy Boettger, Art Exhibition Secretary, said, “These renovations needed to be done because of the poor condition of what was the library, foyer and toilets. Major cracking had occurred and we were forever patching up the damage to make the building presentable.

The Art Exhibition committee saw the renovations as the next step to upgrading of the Institute and approached Council with the proposal.

Matching the commitment of $60,000 by the Art Exhibition Committee, is the Flinders Ranges Council and Hawker Electricity Fund, who together will contribute about another $60,000.

7 December 2001 


New Seismograph put to the test. (Reported in "The Advertiser" 8 Dec 2001)
A minor earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale awoke residents of Hawker this morning. Primary Industries officers said that the epicentre was very close to the town.
Seismologist David Love was in Hawker and said the quake was recorded on a new seismograph recently installed at the Information Centre within Hawker Motors.
"The seismograph went off the scale and took about five minutes to return to normal" he said.
Mr Love said the area was prone to tremors. "The Flinders Ranges, from Burra to Hawker, have many earthquakes each year, sometimes hundreds," he said.
Whilst most local residents were merely woken up by the tremor which occurred at about 4am, one local reportedly had hanging pictures fall off the wall.
30 November 2001  MP opens upgraded School facilities. (Reported in Hawker's Town Crier December 2001)
Local MP, Graham Gunn, opened the reconfigured Administration & Library building in the company of about 60 guests.
The District Superintendent, Graham Davis, and also Library Board Chairperson, Daryl Cearns were also in attendance.
The project has been many years in the pipeline. Previous Principals Brenda Kuhr and Allan Campbell who spent many hours on the project were also able to attend to see the end product of many years of lobbying. The upgraded building provides excellent facilities for school staff and students as well as fantastic library resources for the community.
The Year 6-10 boys did the catering for the students celebrations in the afternoon. The day went very well with guests able to tour the building and classrooms.

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