The Adelaide Park Lands, together with the Plan of Adelaide, have been listed on the National Heritage register, a key step towards World Heritage nomination.
In The Adelaide Park Lands, Patricia Sumerling recounts tales both enchanting and bizarre from the time of earliest European settlement until present days. Where crowds once thronged for a public execution, or to see Blondin, the tightrope walker of Niagara Falls fame, now thousands gather for car races and cultural festivals.
Adelaideans play sport in the Park Lands, get married, enjoy picnics, and meet for secret assignations. Many simply seek tranquil retreat – although, as Patricia shows, controversy has been never far away.
Published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide Park Lands is a vital reminder of the importance of green open spaces to the collective psyche.
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