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Eyre Peninsula (French: Péninsule d'Eyre) is a peninsula located in the Australian state of South Australia on the west coast of Lake Eyre. It was named after Edward John Eyre, who explored and surveyed much of northern and western Australia. The largest town on the peninsula is Port Augusta, with a population around 10,000 people. The region has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for tens of thousands years prior to European settlement in 1839 when it was first charted by Europeans as part as Matthew Flinders’ expedition along the coastline from Sydney to King George Sound (now Albany). In 1840 Charles Sturt led an expedition into central Australia which reached Lake Torrens near present-day Marree where they were forced to turn back due to lack supplies. From 1858 onwards there was large scale pastoral expansion onto Aboriginal lands throughout South Australia including Eyre Peninsula.