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White Cedar Avenue / Park Lands features around Adelaide Oval

Tarntanya Wama (Park 26)

photo-icon White Cedar Avenue, circa 1910
photo-icon John Ednie Brown
photo-icon August Pelzer, City of Adelaide Archives, LS0013
photo-icon Cross of Sacrifice, City of Adelaide Archives, HP1470, ate unknown
photo-icon Montefiore Hill, City of Adelaide Archives, 1461ITEM0020[06], circa 1938

The White Cedar Avenue once extended along a narrow path from near the corner of Pennington Terrace and Palmer place to the north-eastern corner of Adelaide Oval. The avenue was the oldest of its kind in the Park Lands north of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari. A similar avenue can be found in Rundle Park / Kadlitpina at the end of Rundle Street.

This pathway was originally planned by John Ednie Brown in his 1880 "Report on a System of Planting the Adelaide Park Lands".

Brown's plan lays out the intended footpaths, carriage drives and planting pattern around Adelaide Oval. The pathway (circle in red in the images section) is the pathway later planted with White Cedar trees by August Pelzer (City Gardener 1899-1932) circa 1907. Only a few trees now remain following the re-landscaping of the area as part of the Adelaide Oval redevelopment.

This avenue was one of many formal avenues in the Park Lands. The scale of the Adelaide Park Lands lends itself well to a network of large avenues, plantations and grand gardens. John Ednie Brown tried to achieve this in 1880.

Cross of Sacrifice

This Memorial to the fallen in Pennington Gardens East was designed to exactly mirror the footprint of St Peter’s Cathedral diagonally opposite.

Montefiore Hill

In 1964-1965 Montefiore Road was re-aligned to connect with Jeffcott Street thus altering one of Colonel Light’s key design features for the City – Montefiore Hill. This did however make for a much better connection with North Adelaide.

The "Adelaide Park Lands and City Layout" is included on the National Heritage List. Adelaide was designed and laid out by Colonel William Light in 1837, creating the only City in the world completely surrounded by 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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