South Australia in History

South Australia: Adelaide

Historical Events

  • 1836-07-27 The ship the "Duke of York" arrives with the first colonists at Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
  • 1836-12-17 Colonel William Light chooses the site for the settlement of Adelaide in South Australia
  • 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
  • 1836-12-28 The colony of Adelaide, South Australia is formally proclaimed
  • 1838-01-01 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1856-10-24 Constitution of South Australia adopted
  • 1863-07-06 Northern Territory passes from New South Wales to South Australia
  • 1890-02-14 1st NSW v South Australia 1st-class cricket game
  • 1892-03-19 3 brothers Hearne play in same Test Cricket England v South Africa (Cape Town)
  • 1892-12-16 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW
  • 1896-02-24 Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15, Jarvis 4-27
  • 1899-02-16 Future England cricket captain Pelham Warner scores an unbeaten 132 on his Test debut in a 32 run win over South Africa in the 1st Test in Johannesburg
  • 1901-01-08 New South Wales score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
  • 1901-01-09 New South Wales (918) defeat South Australia (157 & 156) by innings & 605
  • 1910-01-01 England cricket underhand bowler George Simpson-Hayward takes 6-43 on debut with underarm lobs in 1st Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; SA wins by 19 runs
  • 1911-01-01 South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government

  • 1920-12-07 NSW make 802 against South Australia, then Mailey takes 8-81

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921-11-04 The Sturmabteilung or SA (the "Brown Shirts") is formally established by Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1922-12-16 NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927-12-16 Don Bradman makes his cricket 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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
  • 1933-01-30 Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
  • 1934-12-24 Grimmett takes 9-180 for SA as Queensland make 430
  • 1934-12-25 Four centuries for SA as they make 7-644 v Qld before 6,180
  • 1935-12-18 Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia
  • 1936-01-02 Australian master batsman Don Bradman scores 357 (424 minutes, 40 fours) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne; his 5th 300+ score in first-class cricket
  • 1936-03-02 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania
  • 1936-11-14 Bradman scores 192 for South Australia v Victoria before a MCG crowd of 21000
  • 1936-12-25 Ron Hamence scores 104 for SA v Queensland before 4,865
  • 1937-12-20 Bill O'Reilly takes 9-41 for NSW against South Australia
  • 1937-12-25 Queensland all out for 93 v SA in front of 10,436
  • 1939-01-02 Master batsman Don Bradman scores 107 for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria for his 4th consecutive century in first-class cricket
  • 1939-12-16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
  • 1939-12-23 South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland
  • 1939-12-30 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

  • 1940-12-09 South Australia all out for 47 v NSW, O'Reilly 5-11
  • 1940-12-25 Bradman out 1st ball for South Australia v Victoria before 6213
  • 1941-12-11 Australian state cricket associations, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales decide at meetings with new Prime Minister John Curtin to abandon all interstate first class matches for the duration of WWII
  • 1945-12-31 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services
  • 1947-10-25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours
  • 1947-11-08 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria
  • 1966-01-26 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1982-10-25 David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria
  • 1983-02-16 The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people in one of Australia's worst ever fires
  • 1984-12-02 Australian Test cricket spin bowler Bob Holland takes a career best 9-83 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney
  • 1985-08-20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • 1989-12-16 Geoff Marsh completes 355* for WA against South Australia
  • 1989-12-17 Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA)
  • 1995-02-04 Australian cricketer Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria v South Australia
  • 1996-04-03 South Australia grab exciting draw vs W A to win Sheffield Shield
  • 2019-01-16 Australian Bureau of Meteorology tweets last four days were the country's hottest on record with Tarcoola, South Australia, reaching 49 C (120 F), Port Augusta 48.5 C (119 F)
  • 2019-01-24 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C

Famous Birthdays

  • 1818-03-22 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
  • 1826-06-24 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)
  • 1859-01-15 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1920)
  • 1859-03-27 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1876-09-07 C. J. Dennis, Australian poet (The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1882-07-02 Edgar Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman, prolific for Victoria), born in Jamestown, South Australia (d. 1961)
  • 1890-02-18 Lauri SA Haarla, Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
  • 1898-02-10 Judith Anderson [Frances Margaret Anderson], Australian actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1992)

Person of interestHoward Florey

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
  • 1905-04-14 Slinger Nitschke, Australian cricket batsman (S Aus & Test), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1982)
  • 1909-04-09 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1909-08-14 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1913-01-23 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), born in Medindie, South Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1919-06-08 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • 1923-11-01 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), born in Cowandilla, South Australia (d. 1980)
  • 1924-07-28 Fred Fisher, cricketer (one Test for NZ v SA 1953)
  • 1926-12-01 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2015)
  • 1929-06-02 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2007)

Person of interestBob Hawke

1929-12-09 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), born in Bordertown, South Australia (d. 2019)

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke
  • 1931-09-13 Marjorie Jackson, Australian sprinter (Olympic gold 1952) and 33rd Governor of South Australia, born in Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • 1934-04-16 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1934-07-19 Francisco Sá Carneiro, 109th Prime Minister of Portugal, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1980)
  • 1936-10-02 Ian McLachlan, Australian cricket batsman (Cambridge Uni & SA; 72 FC matches) and politician (45th Australian Defence Minister), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1943-09-26 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, broadcaster (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1948-08-07 Greg Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, administrator (87 Tests; 7,110 @ 53.86), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1950-04-19 Jeff Hammond, Australian cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour), born in North Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1952-10-12 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, underarm bowling controversy), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1955-01-13 Paul Kelly, Australian singer-songwriter (The Messengers), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1956-05-03 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1956-07-17 Julie Bishop, Australian Liberal Party politician and Minister for Foreign Affairs (2013-present), born in Lobethal, South Australia
  • 1957-05-01 Rick Darling, Australian cricket batsman (14 Tests, top score 91; 18 ODIs), born in Walkerie, Australia
  • 1959-06-13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician (MP for Adelaide), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1960-05-12 Lisa Martin, Gawler, South Australia, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988)
  • 1964-04-25 Jamie Siddons, Australian cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988), born in Robinvale, Victoria, Australia
  • 1964-12-31 Denis Hickey, Australian cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan), born in Mooroopna, Australia
  • 1965-09-23 Mark Woodforde, Australian tennis player (12 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 5 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (Fox Sports, ESPN), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1965-09-27 Steve Kerr, American basketball guard, head coach (5 NBA titles as player Chicago Bulls, SA Spurs - 3 as coach GS Warriors), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1965-10-02 Darren Cahill, Australian tennis player and coach (Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Simona Halep), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1965-10-02 Tom Moody, Australian cricket all-rounder, coach and broadcaster (8 Tests @ 32.57, 76 ODIs; coach Sri Lanka, WA, IPL ), born in Adelaide South Australia
  • 1967-05-11 Jamie Brayshaw, cricketer (son of Ian WA & SA right-handed batsman)
  • 1968-05-05 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • 1968-09-27 Mark Bradtke, Adelaide SA Aus, basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • 1968-12-24 Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
  • 1969-05-31 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide
  • 1971-04-24 Phil Rogers, Australian 100m breaststroker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1972-05-25 Tony Ronaldson, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973-04-17 Brett Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973-04-17 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973-08-01 Ben Johnson, Australian cricketer (promising South Australian opening batsman), born in Naracoorte, South Australia
  • 1974-03-09 Mark Harrity, Australian cricketer (promising South Aust left-arm fast bowler), born in Semaphore, South Australia
  • 1977-04-24 Ryan Mitchell, Australian breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Port Augusta, Australia
  • 1977-06-11 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1979-04-04 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980-07-16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (US Masters 2013), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1982-12-31 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player, born in South Australia, Australia
  • 1985-04-11 Will Minson, Australian rules footballer (Western Bulldogs), born in South Australia
  • 1986-07-27 Ryan Griffen, Australian rules footballer, born in Goolwa, South Australia
  • 1987-08-16 Kyal Marsh, Australian actor, born in Clare, South Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1846-09-23 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
  • 1898-11-02 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, dies at 72
  • 1907-01-14 Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
  • 1924-09-10 Walter Lees, cricketer (26 wkts on 5 Tests Eng v SA 1905-06), dies
  • 1992-06-24 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), dies at 82
  • 1992-08-14 Flora Benson, American wife of Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Mormon Church, dies at 91
  • 1993-09-07 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), dies at 74
  • 2004-01-03 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)