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Palmer is a town just east of the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia along the Adelaide-Mannum Road, 70 kilometres east-north-east of the state capital, Adelaide and 15 km west-north-west of Mannum (34°51′S 139°9′E). It is located in the Mid Murray Council local government area. At the 2006 census, Palmer had a population of 329.Palmer is sited on the western confines of the indigenous Ngaralta people. The first European explorers through the Palmer district were Dr George Imlay and John Hill in January 1838.Earlier known as "Reedy Creek", the town was named after Colonel George Palmer, a South Australian Colonisation Commissioner. It was settled in the 1860s as a mining and agricultural settlement.
At the ABS 2001 census, Palmer had a population of 305 people living in 124 dwellings.
Palmer has a primary school, a general store, hotel and a Lutheran Church
of which Carl Heinrich Loessel was the first pastor, from 22 May 1869 before the church was built, succeeded by the long-serving Pastor Kuss.There are some nearby rock formations.