Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Bibaringa is largely a rural area on the eastern edge of the boundary of the City of Playford.  The suburb is named after the 100 acre ‘Bibaringa’ farming property which adjoined the South Para River.1  The name Bibaringa is an Aboriginal word meaning hilltop or mountain.2  Early Lands Title records show that the land was owned by Henry John Riggs, of Bentley, a sheep farmer.  Building work on the property is thought to date back prior to 1893.  ‘Bibaringa’ remained in the Riggs family until 1972.3

The suburb was developed by Monarch Constructions Pty Ltd on Sections 3330, 3314 and 3315, in the Hundred of Munno Para in 1966.  The naming of the suburb was suggested by A.J.V. Riggs.4  

1. ‘25 Years Ago’, Bunyip, 12 August, 1992, p. 21.
2.  Geoffrey H. Manning, Manning’s Place Names Of South Australia, Manning, 1990, p. 35.
3. Sarah Laurence and Taylor Weidenhofer (comp), City Of Munno Para Heritage Survey 1996, Department Of Environment And Natural Resources, South Australia, 1996, p. 104.
4. Geoffrey H. Manning, Manning’s Place Names Of South Australia, Manning, 1990, p. 35.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Evanston Park

Evanston Park is an extension of the Gawler suburb, Evanston, but falls within the City of Playford boundary. 

In 1850 James Philcox named the subdivision of sections 3220 and 3221, in the Hundred of Munno Para, Evanston.  Philcox was a land speculator, but unfortunately there is limited biographical information available.1

In 1853 a plan of the Evanston township was lodged at the Lands Titles Office, when it was transferred to Sir John Morphett.2  In relation to the transfer Manning notes that in Glamorgan, Wales, there is an Evanstown. On the 14   November 1855 the Register Newspaper referred to Evanston as ‘Evans Town’.3

Another possibility is that Evanston may have been named after Henry Evans, a chemist in the Gawler district. 

1.  Geoffrey H. Manning, Manning’s Place Names of South Australia, Manning, Adelaide, 1990, p.110.

2.   Rodney, Cockburn, South Australia what’s in a name?, Axiom, unknown, 1908 (1990),p.71.

3.   Geoffrey H. Manning, Manning’s Place Names of South Australia, Manning, Adelaide, 1990, p.110.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Grove of nations

Planting in front of Spruance Road shops, 1958

In 1959 migrants from 37 different nations each planted a tree in an area at the corner of Midway and Spruance Roads, Elizabeth east.  Adelaide Jaycees, in conjunction with the Good Neighbour Council, organized this planting on April 19th, 1959, as part of the Jaycee campaign “Bring out a Briton”.
A plaque commemorating the event was unveiled on site opposite the shopping area in Spruance Road.

Elizabeth Jaycees and member s of the Elizabeth Apex Club developed and installed the equipment for the Children’s playground on the site.  A senior triple swing, a double see saw and two junior swings were all designed and manufactured by Jaycees.  Funds were raised by holding cabarets and running book stalls.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Playford Gardens

Sir Thomas Playford & the Mayor of
Elizabeth, Mrs Joyce Eastland at the

official opening of the park.
On the 16th November, 1955, a huge marquee, a microphone and outdoor seating for invited guests was set up in a paddock off Goodman Road. Here, in front of a large crowd of several hundred people, Sir Thomas Playford named the new town which was being built north of Salisbury, “Elizabeth”. The choice of name for Elizabeth had been a well-kept secret and the subject of much speculation up to inauguration day.

Playford Gardens, a .5 hectare park, designed by Adelaide landscape architect Mr. Ian D. Barwick, was built on the site of the inauguration ceremony. It contains brick paved paths, seats and Australian native shrubs and trees. A monument in the centre bears a plaque commemorating the naming of Elizabeth and it was unveiled on the 16th November 1975, Sir Thomas Playford on Elizabeth’s 20th Birthday.