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‘King Lundie’ & Lundie Gardens

Golden Wattle Park / Mirnu Wirra (Park 21W)

This park is named for Frank Lundie, a man who stood up for disaffected workers in the 1800s and early 1900s.

photo-icon South Australian State Library ref b782
photo-icon The Adelaide, SA, 11 May 1917
photo-icon August Pelzer, City of Adelaide Archives, LS0013

Originally called the 'South Terrace Garden', Lundie Gardens was designed and developed by August Pelzer in 1914-1915 as a formal garden with extensive pathways and plantings, with a Gardenesque tree planting strategy, rusticated bridges, flower beds, ornamental shrubs and palms.

Lundie Gardens was named in honour of Francis (Frank) Walter Lundie in 1929, recognising his 22 years of service to the City of Adelaide as a Councillor from 1909 to 1931. Frank (1866-1933) was born in Portland Estate (a suburb of Port Adelaide). At 11 years old he left home for the shearing sheds of western New South Wales.

Frank went on to become a great trade unionist who preferred the use of direct action in resolving labour disputes. Frank's union involvement began in 1887, spanning 46 years as a member and official, including a brief period in the 1920s as a National President of the Australian Workers Union. He served as Secretary of the South Australian Branch of the Australian Workers Union until his death in 1933.

Through his union position, Frank assisted in the formation of the United Labour Party in South Australia which became the Australian Labor Party (SA). His powerful position, with the ability to call a strike at any moment, gave rise to his nickname, 'King Lundie'. A tall and powerful man, Frank would stand up for disaffected workers. His features made him the subject for several political cartoonists.

Frank always sought to protect the interests of the worker through actions such as soup kitchens and shelters, affordable rents in the city and Council works to be completed by South Australian labour. Frank had a particular interest in preserving the Park Lands and often attempted to block the encroachment of buildings.

When Frank passed away in 1933, over 1,000 people attended his burial in the West Terrace Cemetery.

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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