Haunted – Adelaide Arcade

Adelaide Arcade (South Australia) Built in 1885, Adelaide Arcade was Australia’s first retail centre to have electric lighting. But as (Adelaide Lord Mayor) Martin Haese explains, in 1887, the Arcade’s resident caretaker Francis Cluney, investigating a flickering light, slipped and fell into the arcade’s generator, to this day, it’s not clear if it was an accident, or murder. It is […]

Adelaide Arcade

Elizabeth Vale Street Names – South Australia

During the stages of planning the Lyell McEwin Hospital the Housing Trust sought advice and help in planning, organising and staffing from Matron Banwell, as Matron of Salisbury Hospital, and Mr John Joel who became the first Administrator of the Hospital, along with Drs John Rice and Frank Trembath, both of whom practiced in Salisbury. The Trust looked further afield […]


Kettering Road Water Tower – Elizabeth, South Australia

A six level water tower of reinforced concrete once was clearly visible around Elizabeth (South Australia), before trees and buildings have hindered its view. It is located behind General Motors Holden on Kettering Road along the Adelaide to Gawler railway line. The Tower was built before Elizabeth was constructed and is linked to the explosives and filling factory near Salisbury. […]

Kettering Road Water Tower

HMAS Protector Naval gun, Windsor Green near old John Martins, Elizabeth South Australia 5112

The HMAS Protector Naval Gun

The Department of Navy presented a late 19th Century four inch Naval gun from the HMAS Protector to the City of Elizabeth (South Australia) in 1962. At this time the Navy, in conjunction with the RSL, were distributing wartime memorabilia to communities around Australia, for safe keeping. HISTORY of HMAS Protector: The gunboat Protector was ordered in 1883 and built […]


How Holdens Came to Elizabeth, South Australia

In late 1955, Sir Tom Playford managed to persuade the President of General Motors that any new Holden factory should be sited at Elizabeth, South Australia.  Housing Trust, General Manager, Alex Ramsay, was told to escort the GM President to Elizabeth and sell him whatever land he liked.  Playford told Mr Ramsay that ‘any reasonable request would be met.’  ‘If […]

early GMH Holden emblem.

Smithfield, South Australia

Smithfield (South Australia) is located in an area that was once known as the Gawler Plains. It lies on the north bank of Smith’s Creek between the Gawler River in the north and Little Para River in the south. Well into the twentieth century Smithfield was an agricultural district noted for its cereal crops, particularly wheat and hay, and livestock. […]

Smithfield plans

First Football Club at Elizabeth

Extracted from an oral history interview with Bren Gillen in 1996. The first club (Elizabeth, South Australia) was the football club, which the main chairman and organiser was a chap called Tom Croxton, and Charlie Pyatt, our local league footballer he was the coach and they got a team going. I became a player and also the second secretary – Jim […]


Elizabeth crest

Elizabeth Council Coat of Arms

The Elizabeth Coat of Arms (Elizabeth, South Australia) is steeped in symbolism linking the present day Elizabethan era with the Elizabethan era of old, which has built up the British Empire. In the centre of the coat of arms is an Elizabethan ship sailing toward the Southern Cross thus symbolising adventure and faith in the future which had led pioneers […]


How Did Peachey Belt Get Its Name?

Peachey Belt (Elizabeth, South Australia) The name Peachey Belt was in common usage as early as 1846. It was spelt as Peachy or Peachey. There are two conflicting explanations for the original of the name in current use. One claims to be the name is derived from the native peach or quandong found on the plains. The other attributes the […]