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Crystal Brook is a rural town in South Australia's mid north, named after the spring-fed creek next to which it was founded. It is 197 kilometres (122 mi) north of Adelaide and a population of 1,100, and serving the surrounding area as a services centre.  The local farming community still supports many small businesses in the town.

Crystal Brook is situated on Goyder's Line, which is a survey line, named after a former Surveyor General of SA, that serves as a demarkation line for reliable rainfall.  The town benefits from a temperate mediterranean climate zone near to the east,[3] making possible slightly more intense farming in the region. Further west and north-west lies some marginal, semi-arid farmland.

The spring fed Crystal Brook (or creek) was the town's principal water source until 1890 when the Beetaloo Reservoir was completed.

The town lies astride the Heysen Trail, one of Australia's premier long distance walking tacks extending from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges. 

The Crystal Brook area has a proud record of service in the nations name with many memorials attesting to the service of its citizens in several conflicts.

Prominent identities associated with Crystal Brook include a Victoria Cross winner, Arthur Percy Sullivan, who was one of two men, both Australians, who enlisted into and were awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in Russia with the North Russian Relief Force in 1919.   A South Australian Premier (2001-2002) , the Hon Rob Kerin MP, also hailed from Crystal Brook.

 

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HURST, John Henry

Service number 12192
Shoeing-Smith Corporal
Born 29 May 1892

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WATSON, Douglas Linly Roy

Service number 47
Trooper
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 26 Jun 1894

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DAVIDSON, Douglas Howard

Service number 469
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Oct 1893

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JARMYN, Cecil Bertram

Service number SX6306
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 26 May 1918

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BURGESS, Claude Leonard

Service number S74230
Private
Born 13 May 1898

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SAINT, Melvin John

Service number S212046
Warrant Officer Class 2
18th Garrison Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 29 Jul 1889

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O'FLAHERTY, Andrew

Service number 2917
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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HAMLYN, John Langdon

Service number 141367
Leading Aircraftman
2 Operational Training Unit (Mildura)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 27 Jul 1925

Memorials

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Crystal Brook Merriton Roll of Honour WW1

Brandis Street
Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia

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Crystal Brook Memorial Plaque for Arthur Percy Sullivan VC

Bowman Street
Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia

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Crystal Brook WW2 Memorial

Bowman Street
Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia

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Crystal Brook Rotunda

Bowman Street
Crystal Brook, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia

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