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sir sidney

sir sidney kidman was just 13 years old when he left home in adelaide and arrived kapunda. over the next 65 years of his life, he left an indelible mark on the township

An unyeielding work ethic saw kidman work as a rouseabout and stockman before running his own bullock-team butcher's shop and coaching business. But he made his real money buying and selling cattle and horses. He eventually raised enough capital to buy his own stations that streched from the gulf of carpentaria south through western queensland to broken hill and across the south australian border back to Kapunda. Kapunda became the epicentre of the kidman empire. He brought horses here from every corner of Australia and sold them at his annual auctions.
These legendary horse sales were the largest held in the country, spanning 10 days with a horse sold every 60 seconds to buyers from all over the world. Kidman became part of the fabric of the Kapunda community. His generous financial contributions helped shape the town. He even donated his country house 'Eringa' to be used as the High School. Sir Sidney Kidman died in 1935 but his legacy lives on in Kapunda. Even one of the pubs is named after him.