Adelaide in History

Historical Events

  • 1836-07-27 Adelaide, South Australia, founded
  • 1836-12-28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • 1838-01-01 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1884-12-12 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1908-01-14 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v England in Adelaide (116)
  • 1911-01-13 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
  • 1929-02-04 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • 1930-12-12 Start of the 1st Australia v West Indies Test (at Adelaide)
  • 1930-12-25 Slinger Nitschke scores 142 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,422
  • 1931-12-25 Albert Lonergan scores 137 SA v Qld at Adelaide before 5,697
  • 1932-01-29 Test debut of Bill O'Reilly, vs South Africa at Adelaide
  • 1932-01-30 Grimmett 7-116 in South Africa 1st innings at Adelaide Oval
  • 1933-01-16 Bert Oldfield flattened by Larwood delivery in Adelaide cricket test
  • 1948-01-23 Test debut of Neil Harvey, v India at Adelaide
  • 1951-12-22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • 1951-12-25 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • 1952-12-31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1956-12-27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • 1959-01-30 Australia 1-200 1st day 4th Test v England, Adelaide Oval
  • 1959-02-05 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • 1961-01-30 Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
  • 1961-01-31 Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
  • 1963-12-29 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • 1964-01-27 Barlow & Graeme Pollock complete 341 stand at Adelaide Oval
  • 1966-01-26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1966-01-29 Lawry & Simpson complete 244 opening stand v England, Adelaide
  • 1968-12-28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1971-01-29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • 1976-01-23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • 1981-01-24 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide
  • 1981-01-26 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • 1984-12-07 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)
  • 1985-12-13 Australian cricketr David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • 1986-01-04 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide
  • 1986-12-12 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • 1989-02-04 Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1990-01-19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide
  • 1990-01-22 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide
  • 1990-01-23 Dean Jones scores twin Test tons v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • 1991-01-01 Les Miserables opens at Festival Theatre, Adelaide
  • 1991-01-25 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • 1991-01-28 Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • 1992-01-28 Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide
  • 1993-01-26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • 1995-01-29 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide
  • 2017-03-08 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration

Famous Birthdays

  • 1880-02-26 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist, treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
  • 1882-03-23 C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • 1898-02-10 Judith Anderson [Frances Margaret Anderson], Australian actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1992)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1898-09-24 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1968)

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • 1913-02-20 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1926-12-01 Keith Michell, actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1934-04-16 Robert Stigwood, producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1947-05-15 Graham Goble, Adelaide, Australia, rock guitarist (Little River Band)
  • 1951-12-18 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • 1957-11-05 David Moyse, Adelaide Australia, rock vocalist (Air Supply)
  • 1958-11-03 Sue Daniels, Adelaide Australia, golfer (1983 Victorian Amateur Champ)
  • 1959-01-31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide
  • 1964-04-09 Shane Robinson, Adelaide SA, Australian golfer
  • 1964-11-04 Fiona Pike, Adelaide Australia, golfer (S Aust State champ 1993/94)
  • 1965-09-23 Mark Woodforde, Adelaide Australia, tennis star (1993 Wimbledon mixed)
  • 1965-12-14 Christine Burton, Adelaide Aust, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • 1967-09-30 Nadine Handford, Adelaide Aust, golfer (1993 T77 Alpine Aust Ladies)
  • 1968-09-27 Mark Bradtke, Adelaide SA Aus, basketball center (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
  • 1969-05-31 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Adelaide
  • 1970-02-06 Mark Hutton, Adelaide Australia, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1971-04-24 Phil Rogers, Adelaide SA Aust, 100m breaststroker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1972-05-25 Tony Ronaldson, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • 1973-04-17 Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics-96)
  • 1977-02-20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)