Adelaide looking north from the post office (Original 1920's Print) - Framed Print - 12" x 16"
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. Adelaide is home to more than 75 percent of the South Australian population, making it the most centralised population of any state in Australia.
Adelaide is north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, on the Adelaide Plains between the Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges which surround the city. Adelaide stretches 12 miles from the coast to the foothills, and 58 to 65 miles from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.
Named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely-settled British province in Australia.
Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide's founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens, in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. Light's design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parklands.
Early Adelaide was shaped by prosperity and wealth—until the Second World War, it was Australia's third-largest city and one of the few Australian cities without a convict history.
It has been noted for early examples of religious freedom, a commitment to political progressivism and civil liberties.
It has been known as the "City of Churches" since the mid-19th century, referring to its diversity of faiths rather than the piety of its denizens.