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Parham (also known as Port Parham in some sources) is a settlement in the Australian state of South Australia located on the eastern coastline of Gulf St Vincent about 63 kilometres (39 miles) north-northwest of the state capital of Adelaide. It is reported as being named after John Pocock Parham, an early settler who arrived in South Australia in 1839. Was known as the Dublin landing place as early as 1871. with shipping recorded from 1870s. Proclaimed 27 July 1876. At the 2011 census, Parham shared a population of 199 with the smaller settlement of Webb Beach which is located to its immediate south. Parham is located within the federal Division of Wakefield, the state electoral district of Goyder, and the local government area of the Adelaide Plains Council.

Today Port Parham is a holiday and recreational fishing settlement, famous for blue swimmer crabs. In the past was a Port for Ketches shipping grain and for shell grit.

Prior to the Government Town and well before the railway reaching Calomba and Long Plains, Port Parham was a major port for shipping grain to Port Adelaide from the Northern Adelaide Plains.

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