1. Adelaide 1875

    This engraving of Adelaide created by South Australian artist Thomas Peirce is the earliest known ‘bird’s eye’ view of the city. 

    Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1870s

  2. Adelaide 1876

    Zoom in to this aerial view of the City of Adelaide in 1876 for a wonderfully detailed, three dimensional picture of its buildings and surrounds. 

    Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1870s

  3. Book Plan of South Adelaide

    Book Plan of South Adelaide. Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B1578746 

    Prior to the development of the suburbs of Adelaide, ‘South Adelaide’ was the name given to the city area bordered by North, South, East and West Terraces. ‘South Adelaide’ was distinguished from ‘North Adelaide’, located across the River Torrens. 

    Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1880s

  4. Duryea Panorama

    Panorama of Adelaide, 1865. Photographer: Townsend Duryea. Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B5099

    The Duryea Panorama is a series of photographs providing a birds-eye view of colonial Adelaide. Townsend Duryea took this circular view of the city in late 1865. His pictures, fifteen in all, were taken from the scaffolding around the newly completed tower of the Adelaide Town Hall. He began in the morning, facing north, and worked his way around the tower in an anti-clockwise direction to avoid the sun shining into his camera lens.

    Maps and Panoramas | By Kate Walsh | 1860s

  5. Kingston Map

    The Kingston Map of Adelaide of shows building development and the variety of construction just six years after colonial occupation of the site.

    Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1840s

  6. Light's Plan of Adelaide 1837

    Light’s plan of Adelaide in 1837 is widely acknowledged to be an early example of enlightened city planning

    Maps and Panoramas | By Margaret Anderson, History SA

  7. Light’s Plan of Adelaide, 1840

    Light’s Plan of Adelaide as printed in 1840 gives the names of people who first bought land in the city and the title numbers of the town acres that they purchased.

    Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1830s, 1840s