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Published August 9th 2012
Tjilbruke Gateway - Forest of Tree Trunks Artwork @ Warriparinga
Rather appropriately Warriparinga is also home to the Adelaide Peace Markets, which aims to improve our sense of community.
Originally a traditional Kaurna meeting place (the name Warriparinga means Windy Place), the land was granted to George Fife Angas in 1839. It was called Fairford after a local ford, and comprised land and a single roomed cottage.
In 1876 the land was sold to Henry Laffer whose family farmed there and retained it for 112 years. In 1998 wetlands were developed around the Sturt River, and in 2002 The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was established.
The Centre includes a cafe, an art gallery, retail area and a stage for cultural and social events.
The Warriparinga Wetlands were created to improve water quality in the Sturt River by slowing and filtering storm water flows. They also provide a fairly peaceful bush setting for people to relax in. I say "fairly" because the background noise from the Southern Expressway is audible in places.
The traditional users of the land found the Warriparinga area a good source of food such as yabbies, ducks, kangaroos, possums and other marsupials. There were also a number of plants which were used as food. For more information see the Marion Council website
The wetlands are a pleasant place to take a walk, or ride a bicycle through to connect with a Bike Direct route. There are nesting boxes in some trees, and a bird refuge on an island in the wetlands. Seating is placed at intervals to encourage the visitor to sit, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Built around 1843, Fairford House has adapted with the times as it moved into the twentieth century. There have been a number of modifications and differing design styles used. The house is not currently open to the public, but it is possible to wander around the grounds.
The old coach house at the rear of the house was built in the 1860's as a storage facility, while during the second world war Italian prisoners of war worked as grape pickers at Warriparinga and slept in the coach house loft.
Thanks for posting this. I went to the wetlands & Kaurna centre today hoping to get info for a uni assignment. I very disappointed due to lack of information & the fact that the lady in the Kaurna centre talked to her friend on the phone the whole time we were there & didn't offer assistance. From what you have written above about Marion City Council I will have a look at their website for further information. Thanks!
Thanks for including this info. It is indeed a special place. Please note that there has been no cafe facility on the site for a long time. Also Marion Council has recently rehabilitated the wetland. For information about the volunteer group that has revegetated the site, maintains Fairford House garden and fights to keep this shrinking open space, see