Adelaide in History

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
  • 1884-12-12 1st Test match played at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1895-01-15 Australian cricket spin bowler Albert Trott takes 8-43 on debut to end England's 2nd innings at 143 in 3rd Test in Adelaide; Australia wins by 382 in 4 days
  • 1908-01-14 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut v England in Adelaide (116)
  • 1910-03-19 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Rodney Heath wins his 2nd and last Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Horace Rice 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1911-01-13 South Africa's 1st win over Australia, at Adelaide
  • 1920-03-20 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Pat O'Hara Wood beats fellow Australian Ronald Thomas 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1926-02-02 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3
  • 1926-02-02 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • 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

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1932-02-01 Australian cricket's master batsman Don Bradman scores 299 not out in 10 wicket 4th Test win vs South Africa in Adelaide; runs out of partners going for 300

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933-01-16 Cricket's Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield's skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide
  • 1933-01-17 Australian cricket batting champion Don Bradman takes only his 2nd Test wicket; bowls England's Walter Hammond for 85 during 338-run 3rd Test defeat in Adelaide
  • 1936-01-27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Joan Hartigan Bathurst wins her 3rd Australian singles title; beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-4, 6-4
  • 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)

Sport awardDavis Cup

1957-12-06 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 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
  • 1961-01-31 West Indian cricket batsman Rohan Kanhai scores back-to-back centuries in the drawn 4th Test against Australia in Adelaide; follows 1st innings 117 with 115 in 2nd knock
  • 1961-02-01 Australian cricket tail-enders Ken Mackay (62no) and Lindsay Kline (15no) hang on for 100 minutes to earn a famous draw on the final day vs West Indies in 4th Test in Adelaide
  • 1962-07-31 England fast bowler Brian Statham becomes Test cricket's leading wicket-taker with world-record tally of 237 as Australian wicketkeeper Barry Shepherd is caught by Fred Truman for 10 in drawn 4th Test in 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)
  • 1985-11-03 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto
  • 1985-12-13 Australian cricketer 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
  • 1986-10-26 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1986-12-12 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • 1987-11-15 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell

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1988-11-13 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1989-02-04 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • 1989-11-05 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from team mate Ayrton Senna
  • 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 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores twin test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • 1990-11-04 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year
  • 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 David Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • 1991-11-03 Ayrton Senna wins Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions; Senna retains his 3rd World Drivers Championship by 24 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1992-01-28 David Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide
  • 1992-11-08 Nigel Mansell in a Williams crashes during the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 52 points; Mansell won record 9 GPs during the season
  • 1993-01-26 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
  • 1993-11-07 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to claim his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Ayrton Senna; Prost announces his retirement from F1 racing
  • 1994-02-01 South African cricket fast bowler Fanie de Villiers bravely survives 197 minutes for 30 on last day of 3rd Test against Australia in Adelaide; Proteas finally all out 129; Australia win by 191, draw series

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1994-11-13 Title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Hill

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1995-01-29 Greg Blewett scores century on Test debut vs England, Adelaide
  • 1995-11-12 German Benetton driver Michael Schumacher crashes in the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but claims second straight F1 World Drivers Championship by 33 points from Damon Hill
  • 2015-07-03 Adelaide Crows Australian Rules Football coach Phil Walsh is murdered by his son Cy at his Somerton Park home
  • 2017-03-08 Aboriginal DNA study by University of Adelaide shows Aboriginal population dates back 50,000 years from one migration
  • 2018-05-22 Australian court finds Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson guilty of covering up sexual abuse in 1970s, most senior Catholic priest to be convicted
  • 2019-01-24 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C
  • 2019-11-30 Australian cricket batsman David Warner smashes 335 not out in the 2nd Test against Pakistan; second-highest Test score by an Australian (Matt Hayden 380); highest Test score at Adelaide Oval

Famous Birthdays

  • 1880-02-26 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), born in Adelaide (d. 1953)
  • 1882-03-23 C Montague Shaw, Adelaide Australia
  • 1897-11-20 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 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)
  • 1913-01-15 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1913-02-20 Mary Durack, Australian author and historian (Kings in Grass Castles and Keep Him My Country), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1919-04-19 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1921-04-13 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Gift of Blood), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1937-06-11 J. Robin Warren, Australian pathologist (Nobel 2005), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1938-11-26 Rodney Jory, Australian physicist, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1939-06-27 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer (Aust pace bowler & late-order bat in 60s), born in Cheltenham, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2000)
  • 1942-02-01 David Sincock, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1942-02-16 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), born in Perth, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1943-09-26 Ian Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, broadcaster (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1945-06-10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1946-12-21 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1947-02-27 Ashley Woodcock, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1947-05-15 Graeham Goble, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Reminiscing), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1948-08-07 Greg Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, administrator (87 Tests; 7,110 @ 53.86), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1949-07-19 Ivar Kants, Australian actor (A Country Practice), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1950-04-19 Jeff Hammond, Australian cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour), born in North Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1951-12-18 Andrew S Thomas, Adelaide Australia, PhD/astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91)
  • 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
  • 1955-05-03 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, born in Mile End, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1956-05-03 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1957-11-05 David Moyse, Australian rock vocalist (Air Supply), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1958-03-01 Wayne Phillips, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (27 Tests, 52 dismissals; 48 ODIs), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1959-01-31 Anthony LaPaglia, Australian actor (Criminal Justice, Without a Trace), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1959-06-13 Steve Georganas, Australian politician (MP for Adelaide), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1962-01-26 Tim May, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95), born in North Adelaide, 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
  • 1965-10-02 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
  • 1966-06-22 Meyrick Pringle, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests; 17 ODI), born in Adelaide, Cape Province
  • 1967-11-29 Sean Carlin, Australian hammer thrower (Olympics-8-1992, 96), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1968-09-27 Mark Bradtke, Adelaide SA Aus, basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • 1969-05-31 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide
  • 1969-07-16 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netball player, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1969-12-22 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1970-02-06 Mark Hutton, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1970-07-04 Tony Vidmar, Australian former footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 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
  • 1974-01-18 Michael Tunn, Australian radio announcer & television presenter, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1974-08-20 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1975-07-17 Terence Tao, Australian-Chinese mathematician, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1976-01-09 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1976-02-05 John Aloisi, Australian footballer, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1977-02-20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-06-11 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1978-01-11 Holly Brisley, Australian actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1979-06-27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1979-06-29 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)
  • 1979-10-27 Melanie Vallejo, Australian TV actress (Power Rangers Mystic Force), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1980-07-16 Adam Scott, Australian golfer (US Masters 2013), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1981-02-24 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1981-12-31 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1982-04-03 Iain Fyfe, Australian soccer player (Campbelltown City), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1985-12-23 Luke O'Loughlin, Australian actor, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1986-02-26 Teresa Palmer, Australian model & actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1991-05-21 Kayla Itsines, Australian fitness entrepreneur (Bikini Body Guides), born in Adelaide, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 2015-07-03 Phil Walsh, Australian Rules Football wing, coach (Adelaide Crows), dies - murdered by son at 55
  • 2020-05-30 Bob Hammond AM, Australian rules key defender (AFL Hall of Fame; North Adelaide; SA) and coach (Sydney Swans 1984), dies from Parkinson's disease at 78