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Adelaide History

Adelaide was founded by Colonel William Light, the state’s first Surveyor General, and named for the wife of the British King, William IV. Light designed and set out the city in a square mile, with a central park and plenty of open spaces. The wide boulevards and graceful buildings envisaged by Light are still evident today and give Adelaide a comfortable, refined feel.

A quirky historical coincidence for trivia-seekers is that Adelaide is a sister city of Austin Texas. Both cities were incorporated in 1840, and are capitals of states founded in 1836.

Once known as the City of Churches, Adelaide these days is far from a puritan’s paradise. In the past it has had a reputation as being a bit staid, but it is also a progressive city of admirable social programs, and has the distinction of being the first state in the world where women were granted equal voting rights, in 1896. South Australia’s Police Force was the first in the British Commonwealth to introduce women police officers, while the Justices Association was the first of its kind in the world. These early indications of social justice have been carried forward to a present-day tolerance and liberal society of which South Australians justifiably feel proud.

Adelaide’s major churches are:

  • Baptist Church, Unley Park
  • Daw Park Uniting Church, Adelaide
  • Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide
  • Paradise Community Church, Golden Grove
  • St Bartholomew's Church, Norwood
  • St Matthew's Church, Kensington
  • St Peter's Cathedral
  • Uniting Church, Malvern

See also:
Museums, Beaches, Port Adelaide, Historic and Stately Homes, Wineries

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