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Port Pirie, South Australia’s first provincial city, is also an important interstate and international seaport. Millions of dollars worth of grain and lead, zinc and silver produced in Broken Hill Associated’s huge smelters cross the wharves each year. Originally known by the Aboriginal name of Tarparrie, the naming rights finally went to the work horse of the state’s sailing fleet, the schooner John Pirie.
A replica of the ‘handy and roomy little craft’ is on display
in the Port Pirie Corporation office. There is a wealth of history locked
into the city and its buildings and one of the standout structures is Cairn
Brae - built in the early 20th century for the Moyles family, founders of
a state soft-drink empire
Pirie Beach Caravan Park