The SA Square Dance Society 2013 Country Dance

June 6, 2013

The South Australia Square Dance Society will be holding a country dance in Freeling on Saturday 31st August 2013.  Freeling is a delightful small SA country town, 70 kilometres north of Adelaide, made famous because one of its two local pubs The Gungellan (actually the Railway Hotel) in Gray Street was used as the local watering hole in the popular Australian Drama television series, McLeod's Daughters. The town has many other sets used on the show, including the Truckstop and Showgrounds.

The township of Freeling was first surveyed in March 1860 by Robert Stephenson. It was named after Major-General Sir Arthur Henry Freeling, Surveyor-General of South Australia from 1849-61.  Freeling was a stopping place on the Gawler to Kapunda railroad, which opened in 1860. The Freeling Hotel was founded in 1863, the Railway Hotel in 1867 and the St Petri Lutheran Church (now St Peter’s Uniting Church) in 1871. By 1866, Freeling’s population numbered approximately 60, today the population is around 1,300.

The dance will be held in the Freeling Institute Hall, opened by the Governor of South Australia, Sir George LeHunt, in 1906.  The hall located in Clarke Street has an old classic timber floor (there are a few small dips but nothing to worry about).  For this dance, dress is casual so you ladies don’t need to worry about finding a place to change.

 Freeling Hall

Freeling Institute Hall

In keeping with the country atmosphere you could bring an Akubra if you have one, Moleskins, check shirts / skirts and Dry-as-a-bone’s are welcome.  If you don’t have Moleskins you could just wear some denim.

Dance Floor The Stage & Dance Floor

You have the option of either driving yourself to the venue (which has ample parking) or just relaxing on a chartered coach departing either 4.15 PM, from Bunnings Mile End, 108 Railway Terrace, Mile End SA 5031 or 5.00 PM, from Bunnings Parafield, Cnr Kings and Main North Road, Parafield SA 5106.  The bus departure times are critical if you wish to dine then do some round dancing at 7.30 PM, so don’t expect the driver to wait around for stragglers.

If you want to stay a bit longer, the Kapunda Tourist and Leisure Park is approximately 18 kilometres NW of Freeling, offering cabins and powered caravan sites.  For more information check out their website at:

Helen, a very helpful lady, at the Gungellan, has offered to provide dancers a selection of $12.00 meal specials available from 6.00 PM.  These are: Vegetarian Lasagne, Crumbed Fish, Beef Schnitzel or Steak, all with chips and salad, or you can have Roast Of The Day with vegetables.  There are also other non special meals to choose from.

 Gungellan Hotel

The Gungellan Pub

The Gungellan has limited car parking and is a very short walk from the dance venue, so if you are driving it may be best to park at the dance hall and take the short walk thru the car park and  down the narrow walkway to the pub (bring and umbrella just in case).


It’s a short walk between the Hall and the Gungellan

It looks like this will be a dance worth attending, a great country style square dance, but, places are limited so you will need to book.  Ask for details at your square dance club or ring Ann or Alan Tuckfield: phone: 8264 6452 or 0412 641 920.

The dance is free for SASDS members and $5.00 for non members, for more informaion go to the SASDS website by clicking on the link next:


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