Gawler Community Plan 2014-2024 - page 12

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heKaurnapeople today
are rebuilding their
languageandculture.
TheGawler Council
andcommunity can
play an important role in
buildingunderstandingand supporting
reconciliation.
In1837ColonelWilliamLight, Surveyor
General for thenewColony of South
Australiacamped twice ina local area
that became knownas ‘DeadMan’s
Pass’ on theSouthParaRiver. During
his explorationof theBarossaValley
Light recognised thepotential of the
location, for SouthAustralia’s first country
township.
Light’s subsequent plan forGawler
included streets alignedwith town
topography andbroadparklandson
themajor river floodplains, reflectinghis
designof Adelaide.
2014marks175 years since the
settlement of Gawler, with the first
European settlers arriving inFebruary
1839. TheMunicipality of theTownof
Gawlerwasproclaimed in July 1857.
The town’s history is closely alignedwith
that of theState, withGawler becoming
a regional centre for the surrounding
farmingcommunities andplayingan
important role in supporting thecopper
miningcommunities located inKapunda
andBurra.
In the secondhalf of the19thcentury
Gawler boomedwith theconstruction
of public infrastructure suchas rail and
tramways, bridges, publicbaths, an
OURHISTORY
Prior to 1839Gawler
waspartof the
traditional landsof
theKaurnapeople.
Kaurnapeoplewere
rapidlydisplaced
from their landsand
suffered the lossof
muchof theirculture.
communityplan
2014-2024
MainStreet,Gawler 1950’ s image courtesyof
theSouthAustralianStateLibrary
AboveImage:
Our town takes itsname from the
SouthAustralianColonyGovernorGeorgeGawler.
Imagecourtesyof theSouthAustralianStateLibrary
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