City of West Torrens, South Australia

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City of West Torrens

The City of West Torrens is a local government area in the western suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. It was established on 7 July 1853 as the District Council of West Torrens, which was one of the first local governments to be formed in South Australia following the passage of the District Councils Act 1852. The area has been restructured several times since. It became a municipal corporation as the Corporate Town of West Torrens on 1 January 1944, and gained city status as the City of West Torrens on 1 July 1950.[1]

As of 2021, the City of West Torrens is comprised of the following suburbs: Ashford, Brooklyn Park, Camden Park, Cowandilla, Fulham, Glandore, Glenelg North, Hilton, Keswick, Kurralta Park, Lockleys, Marleston, Mile End, Mile End South, Netley, North Plympton, Novar Gardens, Plympton, Richmond, Thebarton, Torrensville, Underdale, West Richmond, West Beach.[2]

Map of the City of West Torrens
City of West Torrens
See the City's website for an interactive map

Traditional Owners

The City of West Torrens is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

Local History

The following organisations contain historical information relevant to the City of West Torrens which are suitable for genealogical purposes:

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Cemeteries within or near to the City of West Torrens include:

Other large cemeteries as possible burial locations for people within the City of West Torrens:

Street Names

Many of the streets within the City of West Torrens have been named to honour people who have lived within the area. The City of West Torrens has digitised a book detailing the history of street names within the city.

Suburb Names

The City of West Torrens has digitised a book detailing the history of suburb names, both past and present.


The following people are associated with the street and suburb names within the City of West Torrens. If they have no link, they may not have a profile yet.

Name Details
James Henry Aldridge (1849-1925) Land owner. Owned Richmond Park stud on what is now Aldridge Terrace, Marleston.
E.N. Alexander Land owner of section 45, Hd of Adelaide.
Henry Allchurch (1859-1943)Land owner, farmer and storekeeper. Allchurch Avenue, North Plympton is named for him. Purchased section 93, Hd of Adelaide in 1919 and turned it into the 370 allotment subdivision of Kurralta Park.
George Alfred Allington (1884-1967) Farmer, butcher. Allington Avenue, Marleston is named for him.
Cecil William Anderson OAM (1897-1976)Flour and grain merchant, served on Glenelg Council 30 years from 1940. Anderson Avenue, West Beach named after him.
Edward Alfred Anstey (1858-1952)SA politician, Commissioner of Crown Lands & Immigration, Minister of Repatriation. Anstey Crescent, Kurralta Park is named after him.
Daniel AttrillLand owner, farmed the land until the mid 1920s. Subdivided into lots 1-13 in 1902. Attrill Avenue, Hilton is named after him.
William AyliffeFarmed at Plympton in 1860s and 1870s. Councillor for Plympton Ward 1873-1874. Ayliffe Place, Novar Gardens is named after him.
Oliver George AytonLand owner, dairy farmer. Ayton Avenue, Fulham, named after him.
Arthur Robert Burton (1863-1933)Land owner, boilermaker and striker, market gardener. Arthur Street, Richmond is named after him.
Charles George Everard (1794-1876)Built ‘’Ashford House’’ in 1838, named after Ashford in Kent.
Arnold Howard HintonThree parallel streets named Arnold, Howard and Hinton in Underdale.
Alice Maynard (c1820-1895)Wife of Henry Jackson Moseley, who subdivided land 1879. Alice Street, Plympton was named after her.
John White Mellor (1868-1913)Land owner (possibly in Lockleys), ornithologist, naturalist and collector.
Audrey Cummins Morphett (1902-1983)Great-granddaughter of Sir John Morphett of ‘’Cummins’’. Audrey Street, Novar Gardens is named after her.
Amy Streeter Family lived in the Lodge at ‘’Cummins’’, Sir John Morphett’s property. Amy worked for 3 generations of the Morphett family. Amy Street, Novar Gardens is named after her.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "City of West Torrens," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed June 29, 2021).
  2. City of West Torrens Map (City of West Torrens, : accessed 29 Jun 2021)

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