An historic Scottish influenced town
Strathalbyn is a picturesque country town on the Angas River. The town was first
settled in 1839 by the Rankine families who had emigrated from Scotland. The name is a
combination of Strath - a Scottish word meaning a small river valley; and Albyn - a corruption
of the word Albion which had been a name for Scotland in ancient times. It is believed that Dr
John Rankine also held an interest in the Albion Iron and Steel Works in Glasgow, which could
have also given meaning to the name! The railway arrived in 1884 and at first, passengers going
further south then transferred to a horse tram!
Today Strathalbyn is a district centre for the surrounding wheat farming and pastoral
districts and while the amount of urbanisation is on a smaller scale than Mount Barker, this has
enabled it to keep a lot of its historic charm which is reflected in buildings such as the
distinctive Presbyterian Church.