The River Torrens was named by Colonel William Light in 1836 in honour of Sir Robert Torrens, the chairman of the South Australian Colonisation Commission.
The river still supplies water for local irrigation and domestic use, and on a larger scale for several water conservation schemes serving the Adelaide metropolitan area, both in the past and at present. They include the weirs at the mouth of the Gorge (1857) and near Gumeracha (1918), and the reservoirs at Thorndon Park (1860; decommissioned in 1986), Hope Valley (1872), Millbrook (1918) and Kangaroo Creek (1969).
In 1886, when the supply of water diminished as a result of flood control and particularly the completion of the Torrens Dam, a Mr White of Fulham Reedbeds, claimed damages against the Corporation of Adelaide, contending that he was disadvantaged by his not receiving the river’s ‘natural flow’.
From the listed coordinates you can see the River Torrens in the adjacent field.
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We placed this cache in 2016 to help celebrate and take part South Australia's History Festival. Check out our other caches, which are all based around South Australia's exciting and interesting history.