history of sa

It was a day of history and learning for the Golden Girls – a northern suburbs group of ladies who enjoy each others company, and every so often go on a day tour.

We first went to the Hyde Park home of Glen Woodward, a retired teacher with a keen interest paintings and in the history of SA – a great speaker on the subject he is reported to be. We drove slowly past the homes of some of SA’s most rich and famous, learnt about the origins of  the eastern suburbs of Unley Park and Mitcham, the swampy marsh that this area was in the 1840s, having Brownhill Creek and other streams feeding into it when it was still undrained farmlands, Mitcham being the first village settled outside of Adelaide.

We also visited the magnificent home of the philanthropic and entrepeneurial early settler, Peter Waite, it now being part of the Waite Institute and Adelaide University. A fabulous lunch was enjoyed for just $8.50 at the Waite cafeteria, and then several more of the beautiful buildings and homes of the area were visited, including Carrick Hill.

A great day out the girls had. “We love the days tours we do with Vin’s and our driver and tour leader were fabulous”