The town is named after Archibald Henry Peake (1859-1920). He entered politics in 1897 and became Premier of South Australia in 1909. Right on highway is the Peake Lone Pine and War Memorial. The pines were planted on ANZAC Day 2019 after propagated from the tree at the Australian War Memorial. Across the street is the Peake Memorial Hall.
Next to the War Memorial is the Polly's well, an important landmark of the town. The well was sunk in 1877 to supply water to the town. There had been many versions of stories of the name 'Polly's Well'. One version is that the horse, which drew the buckets of water from the well, was called Polly. Another version is that a horse or cow called Polly met its fate by falling in the well. Some also suggested that the well was named after the wife of an early pioneer. Well, was it a horse, a lady or a dead cow?
There are many historical landmarks in the town within a short walking distance of each other. There is the Station Master's House which was built in 1912. The last Peake Station master, Jozeff (Joe) Suchon died in this house on January 1990. He was 78 years old.
Other historical buildings are the old Post Office built in 1912, a beautiful Baptist church built in 1908 and a Saddlery also built in 1912. There is also a tavern in the town and clean toilet facilities are behind the Memorial Hall.
Next time should you be travelling along the Mallee Highway, do stop by and explore Peake.
It is a pity the Post Office has been allowed to fall into disrepair.
Sadly a lot of old buildings including houses in the region still being lived in have / have had problems with salt damp. I know of 3 such houses