Arts and Culture

Behind the Streets of Adelaide

Posted on: Wed 7 Jun 2017

In 1836, Colonel Light laid out Adelaide’s city plans, giving us a unique grid pattern surrounded by a ring of parklands.

If you’ve ever wondered where the names Grote, Wakefield, Light and Gouger came from, Dr Jeff Nicholas’s latest book, Behind the Streets of Adelaide provides personal stories of how their names came to be well-known landmarks in Adelaide’s CBD.

“In Behind the Streets of Adelaide Dr Jeff Nicholas pays tribute to the 62 men and women named in Adelaide’s streets. He mines their ‘biographical archaeology’ with persistence and intellectual acuity to reveal each respective story, illuminating their lives through academic rigour and a lyrical turn of phrase.” – Torrens Press.

Breakfast’s Finbar Doran-Smyth went along to an SA History Month tour by Dr Jeff Nicholas, author of ‘Behind the Streets of Adelaide’, to find out more.

Produced by Finbar Doran-Smyth

Image sourced from Torrens Press

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