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A Victorian Landscape

Brougham Gardens / Tantutitingga (Park 29)

Did you know that Brougham Gardens is a typical Victorian landscape?

photo-icon Brougham Gardens, City of Adelaide Archives, HP11963[3], circa 1909
photo-icon View north from St Peter's Cathedral, City of Adelaide Archives, HP0335, date unknown
photo-icon Brougham Gardens, City of Adelaide Archives, HP0148, circa 1905
photo-icon Sir Samuel James Way

While the layout of the roads through the gardens has changed significantly from Colonel Light's plan, the gardens retain their Victorian character. This can be seen from the plantings of palms dating from the 1890s (which were donated by Sir Samuel Way), the axial pathway system and the mansions which line the gardens to take advantage of the views all overlooked by the Brougham Place Uniting Church on the western side.

In 1972 Aboriginal people established a tent embassy in Brougham Gardens in support of the embassy on the grounds of Parliament House in Canberra. As part of Council's reconciliation with the local Kaurna people, all parks in the Park Lands have Kaurna names.

Tantutitingga means native lilac place in the Kaurna language and is a sign of hope.

Due to the proximity of the Woman's and Children's Hospital, this name was given to these gardens.

City of Adelaide acknowledges the traditional Country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today. We also extend that respect to other Aboriginal Language Groups and other First Nations.

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