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The Adelaide Coast Local History

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The Adelaide Coast is a stretch of land in South Australia that spans over 60 kilometres and is bordered by the Gulf St. Vincent. This area has a rich history dating back to the original Indigenous landowners and is an important part of the state's cultural heritage.

Indigenous History

The Kaurna people were the original inhabitants of the Adelaide Coast. They are part of the larger Aboriginal community in South Australia, and their territory encompassed the Adelaide Plains and the Adelaide Hills. The Kaurna people had a deep connection with the land and the sea and had a rich culture based on their knowledge of the environment.

The Kaurna people had many customary practices and ceremonies associated with the Adelaide Coast. For example, they would conduct fire stick farming to carefully manage the landscape and encourage the growth of certain plant species. They also had a strong tradition of fishing and would use canoes made from tree bark to travel across the waters of the Gulf St. Vincent.

European Settlement

The Adelaide Coast was first explored by Europeans in 1830, led by Captain Charles Sturt. However, it wasn't until 1836 that the settlement of Adelaide was founded by Governor John Hindmarsh. The early European settlers had a significant impact on the Kaurna people and their way of life, as land was expropriated for agriculture and grazing.

The Adelaide Coast became an important hub for trade and commerce, with the port of Port Adelaide servicing the surrounding regions. The area also became the site of many notable events in South Australia's history, including the construction of the Glenelg tramway in 1873 and the development of the Semaphore Jetty in 1860.

Modern Adelaide Coast

Today, the Adelaide Coast is a thriving community that reflects its rich cultural heritage. Many landmarks associated with the area's history have been preserved, such as the Semaphore Jetty and the Lighthouse at Cape Willoughby.

There are also many cultural events and festivals in the area that celebrate the Indigenous heritage of the land, such as the Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Festival and the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art.

In addition to its cultural significance, the Adelaide Coast is also a popular destination for tourists and locals looking to enjoy the area's beautiful beaches and spectacular coastal views. Whether you're interested in the area's history or just want to enjoy the natural beauty of the coast, there's something for everyone in Adelaide Coast.

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Shimmering Gulf at Glenelg
Thanks to Michael Coghlan