Karoonda became a household word in scientific circles because of the meteorite which fell to earth 3.6 km away at 10.53 p.m. on 25th November, 1930. A rare event, and to have been observed was also uncommon.
It was observed falling from Eyre Peninsula to mid Victoria - witnesses described it as "turning light into day".
Also rare was the type it was - unlike any other found, as although of the 'stony' type, it was mainly iron silicates, eventually being classified a "chondritic asiderite".
Because of its type it shattered on impact (shaking the township as it did so!) making a crater 46 cm deep with surrounding ridge a little over one metre across, scattering fragments over a two metre diameter area.
The largest piece weighed 7 lbs (3.2 kg) but the total of all fragments collected came to 92 lbs (41.73 kg).
The Karoonda Meteorite attracted world-wide attention and pieces have been exchanged with countries in Europe and America.
The above piece of the Karoonda Meteorite is on display in the Council Offices, 11 Railway Terrace, Karoonda, there is also a monument in RSL Park, Railway Terrace, Karoonda.