Golden Grove, South Australia

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Golden Grove
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 9,664 (2011)[1]
 • Density 348.9/km2 (903.6/sq mi)
Established 1985
Postcode(s) 5125
Area 27.7 km2 (10.7 sq mi)
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Modbury, South Australia
LGA(s) City of Tea Tree Gully
State electorate(s) Wright
Federal Division(s) Makin
Suburbs around Golden Grove:
Greenwith
Salisbury East Golden Grove Yatala Vale
Wynn Vale Surrey Downs Fairview Park

Golden Grove is an outer north-eastern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia and is within the City of Tea Tree Gully local government area. It is adjacent to Wynn Vale, Surrey Downs, Greenwith, Yatala Vale, Fairview Park, and Salisbury East.

History[edit]

Golden Grove was founded by Captain Adam Robertson, who named it after the last ship he commanded. Captain Robertson and his wife arrived in South Australia in September 1839. He donated an acre (4,000 m²) of land to people of the area in 1853, in order for them to build a school they were planning, and allowed it to be named Golden Grove. (In 1859, however, when the postal authorities wanted to name the town Golden Grove, he objected unsuccessfully.) [2]

Freestone quarries in the area were used from early settlement days to provide building materials.

In 1930, the Golden Grove house and farm were sold. Most of the estate was later purchased by a sand mining company, Boral, in 1972. In 1973 the South Australian Land Commission started to acquire land in Golden Grove and Wynn Vale for housing. In 1983 the South Australian Urban Land Trust contracted Lend Lease (then Delfin) to develop the land. Construction started in 1985 and over 200 allotments sold in the first week, with the last being sold in 2002.[3]

Two wells located at what is now the intersection of Hancock Road and Golden Grove Road serviced farms and dairies in Golden Grove and Yatala Vale, and provided water for council work and firefighting. The last well was filled in during March 1995 after having been dry for many years.[4]

In 2007, further land was released at Greenwith. This land was acquired by Fairmont Homes, as a new housing division. There is a tavern in the land, a small shopping complex, a nursing home, and a retirement village. 220 blocks of land will be released. The land is known as 'The Settlement' estate, seeing as this was the land of Captain Adam Robertson (hence the name 'Captain Robertson Drive'), who named the suburb of Golden Grove (as above).

Captain Robertson's original homestead still stands, centered in the new development. The marvellous double storey architectural masterpiece will be restored.

Geography[edit]

The boundary of Golden Grove is defined by Slate and Cobbler Creeks to the north, the Cobbler Creek Park to the west, Helicon Drive, Surrey Farm Drive and The Grove Way (including the three-school campus and shopping centre), Golden Grove and Hancock Roads (wrapping around Surrey Downs) and Yatala Vale Road to the south, and Seaview Road and the quarries to the east.[5]

At the ABS 2011 census, Golden Grove had a population of 9,664 people living in 3,464 dwellings.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Aerial image of the Golden Grove and Greenwith areas, looking north. Greenwith is to the north, and the border is Cobbler Creek, which is straddled by a treeline indicated by the upper red arrow. The southern border of Golden Grove is indicated approximately by the southern treeline marked by the arrow. The triangle in the southwestern corner of the photo is Surrey Downs, and to the southeastern corner is Fairview Park. Little Para Reservoir is the body of water. The light patches on the eastern part of the image are quarries.

The three major high schools in the area are Gleeson College, Pedare Christian College and Golden Grove High School in the suburb's southwestern corner. They are linked together in a complex that also includes the Golden Grove Recreation Centre. Golden Grove Primary School and Pedare Primary Campus are also located in the suburb.

The Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre has a number of retailers, including Big W and Woolworths, as well as fast-food chains, specialty stores and banks. It is also the location of one of the few Baby Target store in Australia

A police station was long called for in the area, due to many accidents and fights at the Village Taverner, a pub bistro located adjacent to the Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre. A petition with 16,000 signatures made its way to SA Police who finally built the station. Its grand opening was on 18 December 2006.

The 288ha Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is accessible from nearby Gulfview Heights.

Transport[edit]

There is a bus interchange at the Golden Grove Village, which is operated by Adelaide Metro. Proposals exist to extend the Adelaide O-Bahn to Golden Grove, but the route it might take from the Modbury Interchange at Tea Tree Plaza is unknown.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Regional Profile: Golden Grove". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Short History of Tea Tree Gully, referencing Auld, Ian, From Settlement to City: The History of Tea Tree Gully (1976), ISBN 0-86946-256-3.
  3. ^ Local History - Golden Grove, City of Tea Tree Gully Library. Retrieved 15 June 2006.
  4. ^ TTG Historical Society - Wells and Waterways. Beryl Jolly (ed.) Accessed 15 June 2006.
  5. ^ UBD Adelaide directory (1999; 47th ed.) Universal Press. ISBN 0-7319-1033-8

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