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175 Years of Council

In 2015, the City of Adelaide will celebrate 175 years of local government. This is significant for both South Australia, and also nationally as the City of Adelaide was the first local government to be formed in Australia.

In 1840, around 2000 Adelaide residents signed a petition for the rights and privileges of their own council, with civic powers to benefit the community. As a result, on 31st of October, Australia's first local government was formed in Adelaide with the election of a Mayor, three Alderman and 15 Councillors.

At the time, the Town Clerk Thomas Wosnop commented that because the Council members were influential people who had come from within the community, "very great expectations were formed as a result of their joint exertions." 

Themes of collaboration were present from the very beginning of the City of Adelaide.


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