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Cities of the World – Adelaide is the capital City of the State of South Australia (photo)


Adelaide is the capital City of the State of South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia.

Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia.

Adelaide is situated on the Adelaide Plains north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St Vincent in the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges in the east.

The site of the colony’s capital was surveyed and laid out by Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, with his own original, unique, topographically sensitive design.


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