The Adelaide Story
by Colin Thiele
Peacock Publications, 1983, 121 pages, ISBN 0909209669, black and white photographs throughout, large format hardback, dustjacket
Some slight water damage on a few pages towards the back, otherwise book in Fine condition
'Colin Thiele's panoramic look at Adelaide reveals a city which has always seemed different and, one suspects, her people hope to keep it that way. From the very beginning its planners were determined to avoid the mistakes made in other colonies. And it was different! It was carefully planned by visionaries attracted to Edward Gibbon Wakefield's theory of systematic colonization, which excluded convicts, The free settlers who came in 1836 and later to implement those theories were fortunate to have as their Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light who laid out a spacious city and then surrounded it with parklands.'