Normanville beach at dusk
|Population||864 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Yankalilla|
|Region||Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island|
|County||County of Hindmarsh|
|State electorate(s)||Mawson |
The town was established by South Australia's first dentist, Robert Norman, in 1849. General houses for people were built first, followed by the general store, and the hotel. This was quickly followed by the local Government House, which housed the Police Officer, court house, and jail cells. Norman opened the Normanville Hotel in 1851 and a church soon after. The Normanville Hotel became the host of the first district council meeting for the area. The town eventually grew to become a successful wheat exporting area, using the nearby jetty at the current Normanville Beach as a port for ships coming and going. However, with the development of Adelaide as the capital city, it lost its prior importance.
Normanville includes the following sites listed on the South Australian Heritage Register:
Normanville's economy is primarily based on and driven by tourism, although primary production is still active in the area. The Normanville Beach, jetty, historic buildings and the Normanville Hotel are the main focal points for visitors. Normanville is situated in the Southern Fleurieu wine region.
Normanville has a radio station - Radio 876 - which plays a mixture of Country, Easy-Listening and Nostalgia 24 hours a day.
Straiton, P. 2015 1,2,3,4, I Believe I Thought I Saw: Preliminary Examination of Normanville Beach. Master Thesis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.