is a community-based, non-profit organisation dedicated to
the protection and preservation of the unique parklands encircling
the city of Adelaide ...
Victoria Park Avenue, for all to enjoy.
Latest Park Lands News:
2013 APLA Meetings:
18 April; 30 May;
27 June; 25 July; 29 August;
26 September; 31 October;
28 November; 5 December
APLA News Archive
2010 to Feb 2013
can be found here.
Latest: No 37 (2 February 2013) here.
Adelaide Oval Redevelopment watch: Development Assessment Commission approval, and removal of white cedar avenue, Pennington Park, North Adelaide
End of three-year appointments of Frank Blevins, Dr Anne Sharp and Gunta Groves;
APLA Special Meeting on 21 February 2013 re the Torrens Footbridge;
Property Council of Australia (SA Division) Park Lands directions;
Consultation results on CLMP Section 2;
Revised Marketing Budget;
Park 24 fencing of soccer;
University of Adelaide lease negotiations/consultation outcomes.
2013 Diary Dates
15 April, 5pm
Close of Adelaide City Council public consultation on Active City Strategy, see here.
Adelaide Park Lands Authority Meeting
Colonel Light Room, Adelaide Town Hall
Adelaide Park Lands an historic
See Park Lands News June 2005 Number 19, pages 6-7 here
for an article explaining why William Light dedicated the Adelaide Park Lands as open space, or find the extract here.
Debunking the 'Military Theory'
See Park Lands News June 2008 Number 31, page 9 here
for Kyle Penick's article, Debunking the 'Military Theory', or find the extract here.
"Over the years, numerous sources have suggested or repeated the idea that because Colonel Light had a military background the Park Lands may have been created as a defensive perimeter.
"Typically, this myth refers to the Park Lands as being a 'cannon shot wide'.
"The originator of this fabrication is unknown but it may have started in 1838 when a letter to the editors of the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register signed X Q Z, was published. It stated:
'... but no doubt the Surveyor General, having been a military man, has intimated to the Resident Commissioner the necessity of having sufficient space all around the town for a double line of moats, glacis, redoubts, bastions &c &c'.
"Noted geographer Charles Fenner dismissed this theory in 1931 ... A number of factors show the theory is false.
- A. Range of Cannon in 1837
The Park Lands were surveyed to be 30 chains wide or 660 yards in most places. At the 1781 Battle of Yorktown in the American War of Independence, mobile field artillery had a range over one mile ... by 1813 the range had increased to two miles.
- B. Congreve Rockets
These were designed by the British in 1804 ... by 1815 they had a range of up to two miles and came with explosive, incendiary or schrapnel warheads.
- C. The Hospital
The width of the Park Lands narrows at this location, meaning the hospital could be subjected to small arms fire in an engagement. If Light was planning a defensive perimeter he would not have placed structures on it or sited the hospital in such a vulnerable position.
- D. Trees
Efforts were made to retain the trees on the Park Lands ... [a] defensive perimeter would have been clear felled so as not to provide cover."
Adelaide City Council Park Lands consultation
Queen Victoria Statue Relocation, see here.
Active City Strategy, see here.
Adelaide Oval Redevelopment - Nil to date
Adelaide Oval Footbridge - Nil to date
Adelaide High School Expansion - Nil to date
Charles Sturt Council pumping station works, Bonython Park/River Torrens - Nil to date