Minlaton is 197km west of Adelaide. Because of the giant eucalyptus common
to the district, the town was originally known as Gum Flat, but the name was
subsequently changed to Minlaton by combining the Aboriginal word ‘minla’
(sweet) with ‘ton,’ the Middle English form of town.
Aviation pioneer Harry Butler was Minlaton-born and his signature plane, the
Red Devil, is the centrepiece of a Memorial Museum. A 1916 Bristol monoplane
similar to those used by the Royal Flying Corps in World War I, it is one
of the few left in the world.
Minlaton’s other unusual features include the Gum Flat Homestead Gallery,
which houses a collection of local paintings in a pioneer home, the Grainstores
Galleries and Doll Museum. Sixteen kilometres to the north-west, the small
coastal resort town of Port Rockaby and its safe swimming and fishing prospects
is a popular family holiday destination
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