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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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MATHEWS, Oliver Broughton

Service number 2699
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 Jun 1889

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FRADD, Rex Sidney

Service number SX19454
Corporal
Divisional Artillery HQ
AIF WW1
Born 24 Jan 1925

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FRADD, Robert Herbert

Service number SX10928
Private
2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 29 May 1918

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DAVIDSON, Douglas Howard

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

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SAINT, Melvin John

Service number S212046
Warrant Officer Class 2
18th Garrison Battalion
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 29 Jul 1889

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ROBINSON, Edwin Alexander

Service number 2858
Sergeant
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 Oct 1895

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TUCKER, Victor Arthur Alfred

Service number 6839
Sapper
1st to 5th Divisional Signal Companies
AIF WW1
Born 27 Mar 1898

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O'FLAHERTY, Andrew

Service number 2917
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

Memorials

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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 Merriton Honour Roll WW2

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

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Crystal Brook Warnertown and District WW1 Honour Board

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

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Crystal Brook District WW2 Roll of Honour

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

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