City of Munno Para

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City of Munno Para
South Australia
City of Munno Para is located in South Australia
City of Munno Para
City of Munno Para
Coordinates34°41′09″S 138°41′13″E / 34.685833°S 138.686944°E / -34.685833; 138.686944Coordinates: 34°41′09″S 138°41′13″E / 34.685833°S 138.686944°E / -34.685833; 138.686944
Council seatSmithfield
LGAs around City of Munno Para:
Port Gawler (1933–1935)
Mallala (1935–1997)
Gawler (1933–1997) Mudla Wirra (1933–1977)
Light (1977–1996)
Salisbury (1933–1997) City of Munno Para Para Wirra (1933–1935)
Barossa (1933–1996)
Highercombe (1933–1935)
Salisbury (1933–1997)
Elizabeth (1964–1997) Para Wirra (1933–1935)
Tea Tree Gully(1933–1997)

The City of Munno Para, formerly the District Council of Munno Para, was a local government area of South Australia from 1933 to 1997, seated at the township of Smithfield. In 1997 the City of Munno Para merged with the City of Elizabeth to form the new City of Playford.[1]

Early years[edit]

An expanded District Council of Munno Para East was formed in July 1933 by the amalgamation of the existing District Council of Munno Para East with a severed central portion of the District Council of Munno Para West.The first meeting of the expanded District Council was held at Uley on Monday 3 July 1933. Eventually 'East' was dropped from the name.[2][1][3] The District Council bounded approximated an area known as the northern Para Plains, so called due to the proximity of the North Para, South Para and Little Para rivers.

Council Chambers and Office[edit]

The District Council of Munno Para East used the old Chapel on Uley Road at Uleybury as it Council Chamber. During the 1950s the Council Office was at 34 Murray Street Gawler until it moved to new building adjacent the Shopping Centre on Crittenden Road, Smithfield Plains.[4]

Prior to the 1950s, most of the area surrounding the township of Smithfield was farming estates. In the post-war boom the Adelaide satellite city of Elizabeth was established about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the Smithfield Township (subdivided by John Smith in 1853), boosting the population and urbanising the latter.[1]

On 13 December 1984, The District Council of Munno Para passed the population threshold for City status and was renamed to City of Munno Para.[citation needed]. The Council Offices relocated from Smithfield Plains into a new Building and adjacent Library located on Warooka Drive, Smithfield next to Smith's Creek.[5]

Council Elections[edit]

The first annual elections of the Munno Para East District Council was held on Saturday 12 August 1933 [6] with the following Councillors elected:— Gawler Ward - Mr. John James Teller Farrow, Smithfield Ward - Mr. Lancelot Leslie George Worden, North Ward - Mr. Albert Henry Riggs,[7] East ward - Mr. Henry Hamilton Blackham, South ward - Mr. Lachlan Keith McGilp.[8]

The Council Chairman was elected from the Councillors.

Albert Henry Riggs (1873-1948) from Bentley Farm near Gawler was the first Chairman. He served for 22 years and was Chairman for a total of 6 years.[9]
His son Eldred Henry Verco Riggs would also become a long term Councillor and Chairman of the Council.

Council Centenary and Boundary Changes[edit]

On Tuesday 17 March 1953 a dinner was held at the Globe Hotel to officially celebrate the proclamation 100 years ago of Munno Para East District Council [10]

In November 1954, a Ward Transfer Agreement by the District Councils of Munno Para East District and Salisbury District Council was reached, with Munno Para East Council agreeable to take over Virginia Ward and portion of Penfield, North Salisbury and St. Kilda Wards from the Salisbury District Council. In exchange, Salisbury would take the section of Munno Para East which is included in the new satellite town plans which would later become Elizabeth.[11]

Mayors City of Munno Para[edit]

After being granted City status, the Chairperson role for the District Council became an Elected Mayor role.

John Joseph McVeity became the first Mayor of the City of Munno Para on 13 December 1984.[12]

Jospehine (Jo) Gapper OAM became The City of Munno Para’s first elected Mayor in 1985. She served in successive terms until her retirement in 1995.[13]

Martin Lindsell was elected Mayor in 1995 and served until the City of Munno Para merged with the City of Playford in 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "History of Playford". City of Playford. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
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  3. ^ Marsden, Susan (2012). "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A HISTORY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COUNCILS to 1936" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Munno Para Council Office".
  5. ^ "Munno Para Council Offices".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Albert Henry Riggs".
  8. ^ "Lachlan Keith McGilp".
  9. ^ "Bunyip (Gawler, SA : 1863 - 1954) - 30 Jan 1948 - p1".
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  12. ^ "John Joseph McVeity".
  13. ^ "Jo Gapper".