City of Adelaide

City of Adelaide
South Australia
Population: 19,444(2009)[1]
Density: 1136/km² (2,942.2/sq mi)
Established: 1840
Area: 15.57 km² (6.0 sq mi)
Mayor: Stephen Yarwood
Council Seat: Adelaide city centre
Region: Metropolitan Adelaide
State District: Electoral district of Adelaide
Federal Division: Division of Adelaide
LGAs around City of Adelaide:
Charles Sturt Prospect Walkerville
West Torrens City of Adelaide Norwood Payneham St Peters
West Torrens Unley Burnside

The City of Adelaide is a local government area in the metropolitan area of Adelaide, South Australia. It covers the original Adelaide city centre settlement, (also known as the city, the square mile and the CBD), North Adelaide, and the Adelaide Park Lands which surround North Adelaide and the city centre.

Established in 1840, the organisation now known as the Adelaide City Council (ACC) is the oldest municipal authority in Australia. At its time of establishment, Adelaide's (and Australia's) first mayor, James Hurtle Fisher, was elected. From 1919 onwards, the municipality has had a Lord Mayor, the current being Stephen Yarwood.



See also Adelaide#History and History of Adelaide

Initially the new colony was managed by the colonial government. The first minicipality was established in 1840 as the Adelaide Corporation. However, due to a combination of the hostility of the incoming Governor Grey and falling revenues due to the onset of the colony's first economic crisis, the corporation became moribud in 1843. From 1843 to 1849, control and management reverted back to the colonial government, and from 1849 to 1852 the municipality was managed by a Commission with five members. With the positive economic effects of the Victorian gold-rush, a formal municipality was re-established in 1852, and "has operated continuously ever since".[2][3][4][5][6] However, The city's relationship with the state and federal government has been described as being 'a continually abrasive relationship'.[7]

The Council started in 1840 with nineteen members, who chose four of their number to be Aldermen, and then one of these (James Hurtle Fisher) to be Mayor. In 1852 the municipality was divided into four wards. Three Councillors and one Alderman were chosen, who in turn selected the Mayor. In 1861 the Mayor was chosen by all the electors and the position of Alderman was temporarily abolished. In 1873 the municipality was divided into six Wards, each represented by two Councillors. In 1880 the office of Alderman was recreated; they were chosen by electors of all Wards. The office of Mayor was raised to the stature of Lord Mayor by Royal Letters Patent in 1919. The Lord Mayor received the right to be styled ‘The Right Honourable’ in 1927.[6][4]

The Arms of the City of Adelaide were granted by the Heralds College in 1929.[3] In 1982 the Council approved the design of the Armorial Flag.[3]


At the end of the 20th century, the city had little more than thirty per cent of the population it had in 1915 (when the population reached more than 43,000), and about 5,000 less than the 1855 population of 18,259.[6] According to the Annual Reports since then,[8] the population has increased rapidly, and in line with the targets stated in the strategic plans developed at about that time.

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  • The population figures have been extracted from Adelaide City Council Annual reports. The data is summarised on pages 149-150 of A Thematic History.[9] Additional data not in that summary can be found in the reports on the council's "Annual Reports" page.[8]
  • 1840 The initial Annual Report noted a population of 8,480, with 1,615 buildings in the city.
  • 1865 The quoted population of 8,303 seems unlikely, as does 18,303. The arithmetically interpolated population shown is 22,777.
  • 1915 The peak population was 43,133.
  • 1921 The State population passes 500,000.
  • 1963 The State population passes 1,000,000.
  • 2005-2006 The disproportionate size of this increase is not explained. However, in 2001, the population target set for 2006 was 17,000.
  • 2010 In 2001, the population target set for 2010 was 26,000.

Services and amenities

Apart from providing the usual services like rubbish collection and controlling local development, the City of Adelaide owns and operates a number of city services and amenities, including:

Sister cities

City of Adelaide has four sister cities:[10]

City State Country Year
Austin Texas Texas United States United States 1983
Himeji Hyōgo Prefecture Hyōgo Japan Japan 1982
George Town Penang Penang Malaysia Malaysia 1973
Christchurch New Zealand Canterbury New Zealand New Zealand 1972

Past residents

See also


  • McDougall & Vines (2006) The City of Adelaide - A Thematic History, (PDF, 780Kb, 156 pages)
  • Peter Morton (1996) After Light: A History of the City of Adelaide and its Council, 1878-1928
  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  2. ^ home page, City of Adelaide website
  3. ^ a b c History, City of Adelaide
  4. ^ a b Lord Mayors & Mayors, City of Adelaide
  5. ^ Books mentioned on the City of Adelaide history webpages: Those Turbulent Years. A History of the City of Adelaide 1929–1979, Pubs, pews and powerbrokers, The City of Adelaide - A Thematic History
  6. ^ a b c A Thematic History, pp81-82.
  7. ^ Morton, After Light p.10
    The city's relationship with the state and federal government has been described as being 'a continually abrasive relationship'. Until 1877 the relationship with the colonial government was described as 'a grudging tolerance, breaking out occasionally into active resentment whenever the council felt its rights were being infringed'. Moreover, matters such as alienation of the Park Lands by the state government, and threats to do so by the federal government, together with the fact that the federal and state government were exempt from rates for the many city buildings they owned, did nothing to enhance the relationship between them and the city corporation.
  8. ^ a b Annual Reports, Adelaide City Council.
    The page contains links to all Annual Reports since 1997-1998.
  9. ^ A Thematic History, pp149-150.
  10. ^ "Sister Cities". City of Adelaide. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1915: William Bragg, Lawrence Bragg". Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  12. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945: Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst B. Chain, Sir Howard Florey". Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  13. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2005: Barry J. Marshall, J. Robin Warren". Retrieved 2011-09-12. 

External links

Coordinates: 34°56′S 138°36′E / 34.933°S 138.6°E / -34.933; 138.6

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