Gilberton, South Australia

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Gilberton
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 1,384 (2006 census)[1]
1,333 (2001 Census)[2]
Established 1840s[3]
Postcode(s) 5081
Location 2 km (1 mi) from Adelaide GPO
LGA(s) Town of Walkerville
Suburbs around Gilberton:
Medindie Gardens Collinswood Walkerville
Medindie Gilberton St Peters
North Adelaide Hackney College Park

Gilberton is a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia on the northern bank of the River Torrens a short distance from Adelaide’s city centre. It is bounded by the river, Park terrace, Stephen Terrace and Northcote Terrace. The suburb is largely residential with some large and ornate Victorian homes and approximately 2 kilometres (1 mi) of the Torrens Linear Park as its southern boundary. The large homes in the suburb's northern section give it a historic character that is protected by Government planning regulations.[4]

The area of Gilberton was first purchased in 1839 by a Richard Blundell as "Section 475" of the survey of Adelaide. Blundell, who lived in England, was declared bankrupt later that year and the section subsequently sold by his creditors. Joseph Gilbert of Pewsey Vale England purchased the 134 acres (54.2 ha) section for £600.5s in 1846, naming it "Gilbert Town" and dividing into 43 lots for sale or lease in 1852. Early activities in the area included a brickworks, farms and gardens and an abattoir. By 1847 the southern part of the town was planned, the plan completed by 1871 and extensive housing completed by the 1890s.[5]

The suburb is largely flat from the river north to Walkerville Terrace, then slopes upwards to its northern extent. Due to the elevation of, and subsequent views from, the northern section this land attracted wealthier purchasers. Some of their ornate Victorian homes, sited on large grounds, remain today. At a large bend in the River, the location of the today’s St Peters river park, gravel extraction, sand washing and a rubbish dumping have all been commercial activities. Sand washing was replaced by a dump in 1961, leading to complaints from the neighbouring suburb of St Peters about fumes from the burning rubbish. After the land was purchased by St Peters the bend was straightened and the dump reclaimed.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gilberton (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Gilberton (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Lewis J (1988,p.33-34) shows a plan for the southern section of the suburb dated 1847 and a complete 1871 town plan but does not note an establishment date.
  4. ^ "Development Act 1993, Walkerville (CT)" (PDF). 15 February 2007. p. 54. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Lewis, John (1988). The Walkerville Story, 150 years. Walkerville, South Australia: The corporation of the town of Walkerville. pp. 32–35. ISBN 0-7316-3067-X. 

Coordinates: 34°54′00″S 138°36′43″E / 34.9°S 138.612°E / -34.9; 138.612