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Bundey's Paddock / Tidlangga: Part of Light’s Plan

Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga (Park 9)

Did you know this Park was known a 'Bundey's Paddock' in the 1880s?

photo-icon WH Bundey, City of Adelaide Archives, HP1226:06, circa 1880s
photo-icon View of Melbourne Street, State Library of South Australia, B 3469, circa 1904
photo-icon Plan of the City of Adelaide 1837 By Colonel William Light

The park is known as Tidlangga in the Kaurna language. The Kaurna people are the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Adelaide Plains. Tidlangga means 'tilda root place', and the tilda was known as a bulbous root eaten by the Kaurna people.

The Adelaide Park Lands were first laid out in Colonel William Light's 1837 plan for Adelaide. The Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout are now on the National Heritage List. Adelaide is the only city in the world completely surrounded by Park Lands. The Park Lands as designed by Colonel Light remain largely intact.

Light's model of a city surrounded by Park Lands has been used widely by other towns in Australia and internationally. it is recognised as a major influence on the Garden City movement, one of the most important western urban planning initiative in history.

The name 'Bundey's Paddock' was revived in 2017, recognising William Bundey - the Mayor of Adelaide between 1883 and 1886. From the 1850s to 1870s, the park was used for grazing cows as well as collecting fire wood. It had a rural character, surrounded with post and wire fencing. some of which remains on the northern side.

The park was created in 1871 when Bundeys Road was opened, one of several roads constructed through the Park Lands.

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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