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Peterborough is a town in the mid-north of South Australia, in wheat country, just off the barrier highway. At the 2016 census, Peterborough had a population of 1,416. It was originally named Petersburg after the landowner, peter Doecke, who sold land to create the town. It was one of 69 places in south Australia renamed in 1917 due to anti-german sentiments during world war I. Peterborough sat on the intersection of the east-west railway linking port Pirie and broken hill, and the north-south railway linking adelaide eventually to Alice springs via Quorn, both narrow gauge (1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)) lines between 1917 (when the trans-Australian railway opened across the Nullarbor plain) and 1937 (when a more direct south-north route bypassed the Peterborough–Quorn railway line by connecting port Pirie to Port Augusta). The Peterborough railway station is still in operation and was formerly a stop for the weekly Indian pacific train.

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