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 near The Old Gum Tree, 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
  • 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 Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1926-02-02 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3

Sports History

1927-12-16 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman makes his 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia at the Adelaide Oval finishing Day 1 on 65 not out

  • 1927-12-17 Australian cricketing prodigy Don Bradman scores 118 in his 1st-class debut for NSW against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval
  • 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)
  • 1930-12-15 Occasional leg-spin bowler Don Bradman takes his 1st of only 2 Test cricket wickets when he traps West Indian batsman Ivan Barrow lbw for 27 in the 1st Test in 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
  • 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
  • 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

Davis Cup

1952-12-31 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Memorial Drive, Adelaide: Vic Seixas beats Ken McGregor in 4 sets but Australia retains title for third straight year; beats US, 4-1 in Adelaide

  • 1956-12-27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • 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
  • 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 Outstanding West Indian spin bowler Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Ken Mackay, Wally Grout, Frank Misson) in drawn 4th Test v Australia in 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
  • 1963-12-28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Adelaide: American Chuck McKinley beats Australia's John Newcombe 10-12, 6-2, 9-7, 6-2 in the deciding rubber to give US a thrilling 3-2 victory
  • 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.
  • 1966-01-31 Bill Lawry (119) & Bob Simpson (225) complete match-winning 244 opening stand in Australia's 1st innings, 4th Test v England in 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

Sports History

1981-01-24 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide

  • 1981-01-26 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval

Sports History

1984-12-07 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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 teammate Ayrton Senna
  • 1990-01-19 Test debut of Mushtaq Ahmed, v Australia at Adelaide

Sports History

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, Australia
  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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)

Howard FloreyHoward Florey (1898-1968)

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

  • 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)
  • 1915-04-09 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2008)
  • 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-British music entrepreneur (RSO Records), stage (Jesus Christ Superstar) and film (Saturday Night Fever; Grease; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) producer, born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1936-02-17 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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 cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets; South Australia CA), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2000)
  • 1942-02-01 David Sincock, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests, 8 wickets; South Australia CA), 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 and captain (75 Tests; 5,345 @ 42.42, 14 x 100s, TS 196; South Australia) and broadcaster (9 Network), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1945-06-10 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 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 and captain (87 Tests; 7,110 runs @ 53.86, TS 247, 24 x 100s, 47 wickets; South Australia, Somerset CCC, Queensland)), born in Adelaide, 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 Andy Thomas, Australian American astronaut (STS 77, STS 89/91), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1952-10-12 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; 20 ODIs, 1 x 100; underarm bowling controversy; South Australia, West Australia, NSW), 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 - "All Out Of Love"), 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 cricket spin bowler (24 Tests, 75 wickets, BB 5/9; South Australia CA), born in 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, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1969-05-31 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide
  • 1969-07-16 Kathryn Harby-Williams, Australian netball GD, WD (95 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002; Adelaide Thunderbirds, Auckland Diamonds), 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
  • 1987-12-01 Sarah Snook, Australian actress (Succession), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1991-05-21 Kayla Itsines, Australian fitness entrepreneur (Bikini Body Guides), born in Adelaide, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 2008-09-12 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), dies at 93
  • 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