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Young Adelaide: A Brief History of Adelaide City

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by Carney (subscribe)
The history of South Australian Founding is my passion, Adelaide City and the surrounding landscape and towns is the setting for the adventure, more on weekend notes no doubt!
Published November 24th 2012


Adelaide City is younger than Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth (if you count the original Swan River Settlement) looking at her, one must marvel at the original design and layout; this was a proper convict free settlement, a panacea for the woes witnessed in the eastern colony of New South Wales, from which South Australia was carved in 1834.

Charles Howard - Colonial Chaplin Trinity Church and Lights seat reservation


In reality the town was established by a unique band of social misfits,semi-retired military men who had time on their hands, and assisted emigrants desperate to go anywhere. The convict settlements scoffed at the dreamers and continued to flog the convicts to the ground, maintaining their barbaric ways, but in short time the blueprint of South Australia would sweep the continent, free colonies almost prepared for the next step, nationhood.

Colonel Lights Reserved Seat
Dozens of random churches and places of worship appeared overnight in the square mile from 1837 onwards - smorgasboard of beliefs.

Providence brought these adventure seekers to the Great Southern Land, but not even God would be able to save the Governor, God Bless the Queen, just ascended to the thrown and earning her first map reference in the insignificant wasteland of South Australia.

Charles Howard was the first Church of England Chaplin and Trinity Church may be one of the oldest building to remain, as it was a tent and timber house settlement for many a year, to have a reserved seat in the cool sandstone church must have been a treat, regardless of what the preacher was saying.

Rightfully the City should have been named Wellington as was first planned, and Edward Gibbon Wakefield earned more than an industrial port, none of these characters ever getting here, and Elizabeth having nothing to do with the South Australian plan, nor her husband King William IV.

She may be young and pretty, a gay and educated society transplanted directly from mother England, turning a blind eye to the radical freedoms and sentiment expressed in the unruly child colony, South Australia.
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