Kingston Map, c. 1842.  To her most Gracious Majesty Adelaide, the Queen Dowager, this map of Adelaide, South Australia, shewing the nature and extent of every building of the city, as surveyed and laid down by G.S.Kingston, Esqre. Is by special permission dedicated by Her Majesty’s very obedient servants, George S. Kingston & Edward Stephens, the proprietors, through their agents, Edward J. Wheeler & Co., London. Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA:B141879

The Kingston Map shows the layout and buildings of the City of Adelaide (South Adelaide) and North Adelaide as surveyed by George Strickland Kingston and drawn by cartographer Edward Stephens. Data included with the map suggests that it was published after December 1842.

The map includes a key to construction materials, which indicate whether the building was made of brick or stone, wood, pise (rammed earth) or lath (wooden strips) and plaster, and whether the building had a veranda. Wells, sheds and unfinished or ruined buildings are also shown. 

Seventeen buildings in North Adelaide are numbered and their occupants listed. Ninety-eight sites in South Adelaide are also numbered and the nature of the premises or name of a prominent occupant noted. Listed premises include government buildings, churches, businesses, banks, hotels, the Adelaide market, and the South Australian Club. 

Significant buildings including Government House, Trinity Church and the Bank of South Australia are illustrated around the edge of the map. 

An attached ‘Memoranda’, produced by EJ Wheeler & Co., gives population data for South Australia and the city as at 1 January 1842, and data for agricultural operations at 8 December 1842. Significant dates relating to the colonisation of South Australia and founding of the city are also included.


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State Library of South Australia, C 1165, Map, Kingston, George Strickland, 1807-1880 (London: JC Hailes, 1842).Healey, John ed., ‘Sir George Strickland Kingston (1807-1880)’, in SA’s Greats: The Men and Women of the North Terrace Plaques, (Adelaide: Historical Society of South Australia, 2003).