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Established in 1839, Balhannah is a quaint historic township with a long history.  An important farming centre for the region, by the mid-1890s, Balhannah had a dairy factory producing butter and cheese.  The dairy factory closed in the 1920s and the house built for the complex is now privately occupied, while the adjacent factory buildings serve as a garage.

In 1883, the arrival of the railway gave the town a boost, connecting it with Adelaide.  In 1914, one of Australia's first fruit cold stores was established by H N Wicks and August Filsell.  The store is still operational today.

Today, visitors to Balhannah can visit the historic Golden Cross Hotel of 1850, which was the town's second hotel.  The Anglican church of St Thomas, dating from the 1860s, is another attractive historical building.

(Extract from Adelaide Hills Council  History & Heritage  published October 2013)

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