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Beefacres to Sassafras – Adelaide’s obsolete suburb names

On a previous show we delved into the nomenclature of Adelaide’s suburbs, and in episode 027 we take a look at some of the now obsolete names around town.

Did you know that Balmoral has become Semaphore Park, and Beefacres was a part of what is now Windsor Gardens? Beefacres Road was once there but doesn’t appear to exist anymore.

Darley has become part of modern-day Paradise (Darley Road remains), and many years ago you would have found Dockville down at what is now Port Adelaide.

Our team debated the merits of calling part of Woodville Park Elgin, as well as Grovene for part of what is now Glenelg East. Helmsdale also became part of that area in Glenelg.

Over the years, the name Finchley gave over to Magill, and Gaza became known as Klemzig (Gaza Sports & Community Club maintains the area’s link with the past).

Part of Cumberland Park was formerly known as Hollywood, while Valley View was originally titled Lindisfarne – which seems to have Viking connotations and is also the name of a folk rock/progressive rock band from England.

Español/Mexicano-sounding Panchito Park has long since become part of the greater Torrens Park, and Somerton Park (or a part thereof) previously had the label San Remo.

We love the name Sassafras for what is now called Ottoway!

Part of Thebarton was once Southwark, with a public hotel there still bearing the name.

Tam O’Shanter was once a part of Regency Park, and clearly has Irish ties with the part of Regency Road that was formerly Irish Harp Road.

Back out west from the city, Woodville South previously included a locality called Tenterdon, and across to the eastern suburbs, Myrtle Bank originally bore the name Washington Gardens.

Over the years a lot of place names have evolved – either following amalgamation into larger areas or being entirely renamed for a variety of reasons. Depending on who you ask, some of the changes may be questionable, but for now at least, they are here to stay.

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