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05-November-2017
05-November-2017

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A statue commemorates Colonel William Light, founder of the city of Adelaide. The statue was originally in Victoria Square and shifted in 1938 to Montefiore Lookout, and was renamed 'Light`s Vision'  at the suggestion of the Pioneers` Association. 

On the back of the pedestal is a wreath relating to the 1917 Town Planning Conference in Adelaide as well a plaque which was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the conference. 

Colonel William Light (1786 – 1839) was a British military officer and the first Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia. Light was the Colony`s first Surveyor-General and was given sole responsibility for selecting the site of Adelaide and preparing the City Plan in 1836-37, for which he has been much praised. He also designed the layout of main roads and subdivision into `sections` of much of the present metropolitan area.

Legend has it that William Light stood on Montefiore Hill (in North Adelaide) in 1837, pointed at what would one day become the Adelaide city centre, and began planning the city.

A plaque was added to the pedestal bearing an extract from Light`s Brief Journal. In his journal Light wrote, `The reasons that led me to fix Adelaide where it is I do not expect to be generally understood or calmly judged of at present … I leave it to posterity … to decide whether I am entitled to praise or to blame`.

In the presence of a huge crowd, which overflowed into Fiinders Street on the one side and into Franklin Street on the other, the statue of Colonel Light, situated near the Post-office corner, King William Sreet, was unveiled by his Excellency the Governor on Tuesday morning. The occasion was one of singular interest, and led to the foregathering of a large number of who honor to the memory of the distinguished founder of the city.

Sir S. J. Way said Adelaide was now possession of a statue of its founder, which those present who knew him in the flesh could testify was a lifelike presentment of the man, and it was equally successful as a work of art. He thought they ought to carry a vote of thanks to the Mayor and, members of the committee for the good work they had done. The suggestion was given effect to with cheers. At the instance of the Governor, cheers were given for the King, the sculptor (Mr. Birnie Rhind), and the Mayor, and at their suggestion of the Chief Justice cheers were given for the Governor.  His Excellency returned thanks and asked for a half-holiday for the boys who had formed the guard of honor.
Chronicle (Adelaide), 1 December 1906.

 

 

Location

Address:Montefiore Road, Montefiore Lookout, North Adelaide, 5000
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.912806
Long: 138.594014
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Monument Designer:William Birnie Rhind
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 27th November, 1906
Front Inscription

LIGHT 

Plaque:

COLONEL WILLIAM LIGHT
FIRST SURVEYOR GENERAL

FIXED THE SITE AND LAID OUT THE CITY OF ADELAIDE IN 1836

ERECTED BY CITIZENS 1906
 

Back Inscription

Plaque: 
A WREATH FROM THE 
           1917
FIRST AUSTRALIAN
TOWN-PLANNING
    CONFERENCE

      ADELAIDE

Plaque: 

1917     TO COMMEMORATE    1967
    THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN TOWN PLANNING CONFERENCE.

THIS PLAQUE WAS AFFIXED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PLANNING INSTITUTE  ON THE OCCASION OF  THE TOWN PLANNING JUBILEE CONFERENCE 

AUGUST, 1967

Plaque: 
EXTRACTS FROM COLONEL LIGHT`S JOURNAL,1839
"The Reasons That Led Me To Fix Adelaide Where It Is I Do Not Expect To Be Generally Understood Or Calmly Judged Of At Present. My Enemies, However, By Disputing Their Validity In Every Particular, Have Done Me The Good Service Of Fixing The Whole Of The Responsibility Upon Me. I Am Perfectly Willing To Bear It; And Leave To Posterity, And Not To Them, To Decide Whether I am Entitled To Praise Or Blame." 




 

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