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Australian History

Tuesday, May 23, 1837. :   Streets and squares in Adelaide, capital of South Australia, are first named.

     Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, the only Australian state to have remained entirely free of convicts during its early history. The city of Adelaide was designed by Colonel William Light, born at Kuala Kedah, Malaya on 27 April 1786. He was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, arriving in South Australia in 1836 to decide on a suitable site for the new settlement.

Colonel Light began surveying Adelaide on 11 January 1837, beginning at the junction of where North and West Terraces now stands. This point is now marked by a granite obelisk. Completing his survey on 10 March 1837, Colonel Light then commenced the task of naming streets and squares in the new town on 23 May 1837.

Following Light's death on 6 October 1839, he was buried in Light Square, Adelaide.


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