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Colonel Light Gardens
AdelaideSouth Australia
CLG house salisbury at lincoln.jpg
Lincoln Avenue
Population 3,349 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 5041
LGA(s) City of Mitcham
State electorate(s) Elder
Federal Division(s) Boothby
Suburbs around Colonel Light Gardens:
Melrose Park, Daw Park Daw Park, Westbourne Park Hawthorn
Melrose Park Colonel Light Gardens Lower Mitcham, Clapham
Daw Park Daw Park, Panorama Clapham

Colonel Light Gardens is a suburb located within the Australian City of Mitcham in the greater Adelaide region, approximately 7 km (4 mi) south of the Adelaide city centre. The area is 1.58 km2 (0.61 sq mi). Planned as a garden suburb, it is known for wide, tree-lined streets, presentable postwar bungalow homes, rounded street corners, and much manicured, well maintained open space.

It contains Colonel Light Gardens Primary School, the Colonel Light Gardens RSL Sub-Branch, a number of sporting clubs using the name Reade Park, and a multitude of historical parks and gardens. It also contains many paved and unpaved laneways, alleyways and bike tracks.

The suburb is of irregular shape and follows Goodwood Road. The major part of the suburb is east of Goodwood Road and is bounded by Grange Road (north), Goodwood Road (west), and Springbank Road (south), and the suburbs of Westbourne Park, Lower Mitcham, Clapham and Panorama. A smaller part of the suburb is west of Goodwood Road and divides the neighbouring Daw Park into two unjoined parts which are the northern and southern boundaries of this smaller part.

Naming

Named after the first Surveyor-General of Adelaide, Colonel William Light.

For many years residents in the northern section of the suburb adopted Reade Park as their address to distinguish themselves from the Thousand Homes Scheme area.

The school is named after William Light and is heritage listed. There are about 700 students at the school and each building is named after a historic South Australian figure. The buildings are Reade, Duncan, Mortlock and Grange.The focus on Japanese language.

The northern boundary of the suburb is Grange Road.

History

Colonel Light Gardens, ca. 1921
Postcard depicting the suburb, ca. 1921

The part of the suburb east of Goodwood Road was used as an army training camp during World War I, and prior to this the area was known as Grange Farm.

An area of 1.2 km² was purchased in June 1915 by the Vaughan Labor government from the estate of William Tennant Mortlock. The Government decided to establish it as a 'model garden suburb' following New Zealand town planner Charles Reade's 1914 Australian Town Planning Tour.

The Post Office on Goodwood Road originally opened as Light's Gardens, was renamed Colonel Light Gardens on 1 January 1929 and Daw Park in 1967.

Until the 1970s the suburb was administered under the Garden Suburb Act and controlled by a South Australian government appointed Garden Suburb Commissioner, who carried out the functions of local government until it was eventually absorbed by the Mitcham Council.

The suburb contains many well preserved bungalow homes, and in October 1999 was placed on the Register of The National Estate. In 2000, the suburb was declared a State Heritage Area. For the heritage significance of Colonel Light Gardens see the State Heritage Branch web page on Colonel Light Gardens.

Many Adelaide residents are confused by the unusual layout of Colonel Light Gardens, and its maze of laneways and curved streets. Part of the suburb is said to significantly resemble a rising sun (the symbol of the Australian military) or a Union Flag when viewed from the air. However, it was not designed this way. The Colonel Light Gardens Historical Society website suburb myths section explains in more detail.

Transport

The suburb is served by Adelaide Metro buses along Goodwood Road, East Parkway, Grange Road and Springbank Road.

The closest railway stations, Mitcham and Torrens Park on the Belair railway line, are situated some distance to the east on Belair Road. (Clapham station was closed in 1995).

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