Town of Walkerville

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Town of Walkerville
South Australia
Population 7,550 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 2,115/km2 (5,477/sq mi)
Established 1944
Area 3.57 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Mayor Elizabeth Fricker
Council seat Gilberton
Region Eastern Adelaide[2]
State electorate(s) Adelaide, Torrens
Federal Division(s) Adelaide, Sturt
Website Town of Walkerville
LGAs around Town of Walkerville:
City of Prospect City of Port Adelaide Enfield City of Port Adelaide Enfield
City of Prospect Town of Walkerville City of Norwood Payneham St Peters
City of Adelaide City of Adelaide City of Norwood Payneham St Peters

The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville (or Town of Walkerville) is a small local government area in the central suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

The residents of the Town of Walkerville are represented by a mayor and eight councillors.


The District Council of Walkerville was first proclaimed on 5 July 1855, severing the area from the District Council of Yatala after a petition by local residents proclaimed a desire to break away from the larger District Council of Yatala (proclaimed in 1853). [3][4] Initially, only the suburbs of Walkerville and Gilberton seceded from Yatala but within a few months, Medindie and North Walkerville (now part of Walkerville proper, east of Fuller Street) were annexed by Walkerville. The district boundaries remained unchanged until 1970 when Vale Park was annexed from the City of Enfield.

Early council meetings were held in a room at the local pub, the Sussex Arms. In 1893 the council seat moved across Stephen Terrace to the present location by the Walkerville Town Hall on Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton.

It was granted corporate town status on 1 October 1944, becoming the Town of Walkerville.[5]


Mayors (formerly Chairmen) of Walkerville

  • JT Mellor (1906), appointed to the Municipal Tramways Trust[6]
  • Alfred Thiele (1935-1937) [7]
  • Louis David Waterhouse (1937-1938) [7]
  • John Creswell (1939-1944) [7]
  • Frank Davies Wilson (1944-1946) [7]
  • George Dorricutt Shaw (1946-1947) [7]
  • Frederick Louis Rungie (1948-1951) [7]
  • Howard Herbert Dayman (1951-1955) [7]
  • Frank Davies Wilson (1955-1956) [7]
  • Cecil Ernest Seale (1956-1961) [7]
  • Lance Milne (1961-1964) [7]
  • Ernest Charles Phillipson (1964-1965) [7]
  • Leonard Thomas Ewens (1966-1969) [7]
  • Edwin Charles Scales (1969-1977) [7]
  • Kenneth Bonamy Price (1977-1982) [7]
  • George William Sparnon (1982-1987) [8][7]
  • Margot Vowles (1987-1991) [9]
  • Rosemary Craddock (1995-2000) [10]
  • John Rich (2000-2006) [11]
  • David Whiting (2006-2010) [12]
  • Heather Wright (2010-2014) [13]
  • Ray Grigg (2014–2018) [14]
  • Elizabeth Fricker (2018-present) [1]

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Walkerville (M)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Eastern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville". The Corporation of the Town of Walkerville. 17 November 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ Marsden, Susan (2012). "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A HISTORY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COUNCILS to 1936" (PDF). In April 1855, Walkerville ratepayers petitioned to allow a very large part of Yatala to be created as a separate District of Walkerville; the size of the division was opposed by other ratepayers, and on 5 July 1855 a much smaller DC of Walkerville was proclaimed, although it gained additional portions of Yatala District on 1 November 1855 and on 21 April 1859.
  5. ^ "Local History". Town of Walkerville. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ The Critic (1909). The Tramways of Adelaide, past, present, and future : a complete illustrated and historical souvenir of the Adelaide tramways from the inception of the horse trams to the inauguration of the present magnificent electric trolley car system. Adelaide: The Critic.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  8. ^ "Members Listing". Order of Australia Association - South Australian Branch. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  9. ^ Eichler, Kurtis (27 February 2014). "Walkerville Council debate sparks new call for smaller councils to amalgamate". City North Messenger. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  10. ^ Gavin, Andrew (13 April 2000). "Mayors decide it's time to go". The Advertiser.
  11. ^ "Walkerville News" (PDF). Town of Walkerville. April–June 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Heritage preservation and progress in Walkerville" (PDF). Walkerville Voice. Town of Walkerville. Spring 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  13. ^ Eichler, Kurtis (15 April 2014). "Walkerville Mayor Heather Wright has stepped down due to illness". City North Messenger. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  14. ^ Spencer, Sarah (8 November 2014). "Former RAA president Ray Grigg elected as Mayor at Walkerville Council". City North Messenger. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

External links

  • Town of Walkerville website
  • Town of Walkerville community profile

Coordinates: 34°54′00″S 138°37′00″E / 34.9°S 138.616667°E / -34.9; 138.616667

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