Golden Grove, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia
|Population||10,235 (2016 census)|
|• Density||369.5/km2 (957.0/sq mi)|
|Area||27.7 km2 (10.7 sq mi)|
|Location||6 km (4 mi) from Modbury, South Australia|
|LGA(s)||City of Tea Tree Gully|
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.
Captain Adam Robertson and his wife arrived in South Australia in September 1839, and settled in the area now known as Golden Grove. 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, after the last ship he commanded. (In 1859, however, when the postal authorities wanted to name the town Golden Grove, he objected unsuccessfully.)
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.
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.
In 2007, further land was released at Golden Grove. This land was acquired by Fairmont Homes, as a new housing division. There is a small shopping complex, a nursing home, and a retirement village. 220 blocks of land were 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 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.
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.
A police station was long called for in the area, due to many accidents and fights at the Village Tavern, 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.
2010 saw the opening of the Harpers Field complex, adjacent to One Tree Hill Road & Crouch Road which is currently home to the Golden Grove Football Club, Golden Grove Cricket Club & Golden Grove Softball Club
The 288ha Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is accessible from nearby Gulfview Heights.
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 Tea Tree Plaza Interchange is unknown.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Golden Grove (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
- 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.
- Local History - Golden Grove, City of Tea Tree Gully Library Archived 11 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006.
- TTG Historical Society - Wells and Waterways. Beryl Jolly (ed.) Accessed 15 June 2006.
- UBD Adelaide directory (1999; 47th ed.) Universal Press. ISBN 0-7319-1033-8
- "National Regional Profile: Golden Grove". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- Belperio, Francesca (23 March 2010). "Kooka's New Nest". The Messenger.