Local History

Existing and Forgotten suburbs in the City of Prospect in South Australia

The modern inner northern City of Prospect covers the suburbs of Nailsworth, Thorngate, Ovingham, Medindie Gardens, Broadview, Sefton Park, Collinswood, Fitzroy, Dudley Park, Islington and Highbury.

In earlier times there were the rather un-imaginatively named suburbs of New Prospect, Prospect Village, Prospect Hill, Prospect Park, Prospect Central, Prospect View, Prospect West and Prospect Estate. However there were also suburbs named Claraville, Oxford, Airlie Park, Burwood, Rosebery, Brecon Park, Reepham, St. Johns Wood, St. Helens Estate, Ellaville, Seaforth and the wonderful Dingley Dell. Obviously there were always going to be some adjustments made as some of these early suburb names only covered a few streets.

Early Development of Prospect

Prospect district suffered from a lack of water which had to be carted in from the Torrens by bullock dray. Deep bores were sunk but were not very successful.

In 1841 there were 24 families living in the area. By the 1843 census the population of Prospect consisted of approximately 100 people, 99 acres under wheat and barley crops, 29 sheep, 45 cattle (mostly cows) and 3 pigs. In the 1850’s a number of the villages were sub-divided.

Once the water problem was solved about 1870 there was a spurt in development in the period 1877-1884. From 1890 to 1919 very few buildings were erected but after the First World War in the 1920’s building activity was very great. In the 1930’s there were still dairies in the vicinity of Churchill Road and paddocks in Broadview. The Depression saw a decline in housing but community facilities like shops and churches continued at a steady rate.

Ref. the 1988 Survey, Charles Cane report and C Neil article.

Why people lived in Prospect

From the 1982 publication “Recollections of Prospect” Edna Temby gives one explanation of why people came to live in Prospect.

“Prospect was always known as the farmer’s settlement, simply because people who came from the country to see their folk in the city, or go back to the country to see their farm, never had to go through the city. That was why we came to Prospect. We knew people who had come before us from the country, and it was on the northern side of the city and like all country people, you don’t like the city.”

Prospect Timeline

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The Prospect History Collection

The Prospect History Collection, housed in the history room at Prospect Library, contains information on early settlers, prominent citizens, contemporary residents, letters, diaries, journals, obituaries, photos connected with biographical data, autographs, epitaphs, personal miscellanea, anecdotes, taped interviews with transcripts, reminiscences and family histories.

The collection includes information on these local families.

Were family

A.S Horne

Mrs H Lewry

William Collins

Charles Cane

Miriam Goldsworthy

A.A Stevens

Jack Rattley

Harrington family

Keith Martin

Mimi Stacey

R.L Pash

John Bannon

Menzies family

Murray Clements

Doris Boyce

Wickes Family

A.S Horne

L.C Campbell

Esther Castle

Joyce Watson

Emilie Murdoch

Jennifer Strickland

Catherine Fuller

John R. Peate

Tean Lawson

Paul F. Lawson

Graeme Lewis Dimond

A.H Pfitzner

Michael Llewellyn-Smith

Katie Hicks

Rawson family

Samuel Braund

Jack Clarke

Grace Smith

Elder George Whittle

Brian Redpath

Andy Sutherland

Melville James McInnes

William Harden

Charles J. Williamson

Lorna Fairweather

Dudley family

Nyorie Bungey

Barrie Robran

Jim Robb

Brenda May

Betty Tothill

Dean Berry

Parker family

Vogt/Voigt Family.

William Haines Junior.

The Hamilton Heritage

Ray Pincombe.

Glen Stockham

Leane Family

Sir Raymond Leane

Thomas and Hannah Reid

H C (Peter) Hatherly

Mrs. E W Nicholls

Charles Earnest Sweeney

David Donaldson

William Pybus

Donald Leslie Stevens

Sir Robert Chapman

Sir William Gilbert

George and Richard Fry

Waites Family

James Austin

Patricia Dellavia

George Sloman

Frederick Fricensdorf

John Eldridge

David James

Charles Forster

Francis Lewis

Desbrow Cathery

Coady Green

Albert James Shard

Mary Ann Eyre (nee Cawrse)

About the Local History Group

The Prospect History Group meets at Nailsworth Community Centre, Derlanger Avenue, Collinswood at 7.00pm on the 1st Thursday of every month except December and January.

The group aims to promote community interest and encourage research in the history of the Prospect area and conduct a range of activities related to that history. The group usually presents a speaker at the meetings on odd months. Membership of the groups and attendance at meetings are free of charge. All those interested are invited to attend.

Enquiries: email prospect_lhg@internode.on.net. or phone 83428170.

Our digital initiative aims to increase participation, expand our collection, and provide guidance for e-searching and to encourage digitally uploading any items of interest.

Contributions of images, articles or other items of interest can also be made directly to the Prospect Library.

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