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.”
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.
Mrs H Lewry
John R. Peate
Paul F. Lawson
Graeme Lewis Dimond
Elder George Whittle
Melville James McInnes
Charles J. Williamson
William Haines Junior.
The Hamilton Heritage
Sir Raymond Leane
Thomas and Hannah Reid
H C (Peter) Hatherly
Mrs. E W Nicholls
Charles Earnest Sweeney
Donald Leslie Stevens
Sir Robert Chapman
Sir William Gilbert
George and Richard Fry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Please note that web albums are made public through the Trove network.