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But the story of Barmera begins earlier than this. In the government announced plans for a new irrigation settlement on Lake Bonney. But nothing eventuated despite various government acts. Finally in the Cobdogla Irrigation area was declared and some works began. The area was gazetted inand the first settlers arrived in before the official start of Barmera. Some 3, men prepared the district, dug channels, cemented some, laid pipes, installed irrigation pumps, cleared the Mallee scrub, and levelled the paddocks. The town was surveyed in and gazetted as a town in Within months a frontier town appeared out of nothing.

He was an early town planner.

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Barmera was the first completely planned town in Australian town. But Reade deed Barmera to be built in stages but only stage one was ever built. The town gets its curved streets, treed avenues, wide central and side verges and wide open spaces from the international Garden City movement of the early 20 the century.

One of the first buildings was the wooden Congregational church which was erected in before the town officially started. It opened as a state school in with two classes for the 70 pupils. By the Congregational community had erected a stone church, now the Uniting Church. In the Anglicans had timber shipped up Japanese girls Barmera river and they built a tiny Anglican church. A district council was formed in as Cobdogla, only changing its name to Barmera in The local community attempted to get a for a community hotel in but it was before their application was successful.

In that same year they built a single storey Art Deco style hotel. In a second floor was added, so as to provide 52 accommodation rooms. In work started on the Light Horse Memorial Institute building although it was not completed until Eventually the council chambers were added on one side, and the Bonney Theatre on the other side. The town progressed even more with the arrival of the first trains from Adelaide via Paringa and Renmark in Even after that time residents of Barmera had the choice of bus to meet the train at Morgan, or a long train trip to Tailem Bend and Adelaide.

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The Catholic Church was built in The early years also saw the district experiment with cotton crops in and tobacco crops in The thirties and forties saw many changes in Barmera. From children were bussed to Glossop High for secondary schooling. The Second World War had a great impact on the town as Loveday Prisoner of War Camp was established just outside the town, with some administration conducted from the town.

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A maximum of 5, internees were held at Loveday including 2, Italians, 2, Japanese, Germans and others. Colonel Dean was in charge and the prisoners had to contribute to the war effort. They cleared acres of land; grew tomatoes and other vegetables; raised 1, pigs for bacon; tended poultry that laideggs; and grew experimental crops such as opium poppies for medical use and pyrethrum for insecticide.

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Their factories made soap, dyed clothing, repaired boots and cut fire wood. Some of the Germans even taught German language in the Barmera School. The war effort in Barmera was assisted by around Land Army Girls who harvested fruit and other crops in the s. Today Barmera is a quieter town than the other Riverland towns with a fairly stagnant population.

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But it has some fine Art Deco buildings which are a reflection of the era when it was established. Look out for the Central Irrigation Trust building, a fantastic example of Art Deco, erected in for the Lands Department and painted in appropriate colours for the Art Deco period. Taken on October 27, Some rights reserved.

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Internment and prisoners of war in Australia during World War Two