occupies about one-eighth of
Australia's total land area, it is fourth in size among the nation's
eight states and territories. Its people make up less than 10 percent
of the Australian population, ranking fifth among the populations of
the states and territories.
Although isolation and its
distinctive British origins as an experiment in planned settlement have
produced a sense of local pride and identity, South Australia's
commercial links are strongest with Melbourne and Sydney.
parts of the state form the western end of a crescent of closely
settled and productive land in southeastern Australia that is the
economic heartland of the nation.
Area 379,900 square miles (984,000
square km). Pop. (1996) 1,427,936
The clipper ship 'South Australian', typified of the commercial
that sailed the Atalantic from England to Australia.