Landscape gardener and horticulturalist, August Wilhelm Pelzer (1862-1934) was appointed by the Adelaide City Council as 'City Gardener' in August 1899. By the time of his retirement in 1932 at the age of 70, Pelzer had done much to change the appearance and atmosphere of Adelaide. His landscape designs and plantings of particular types of trees, transformed many of the city’s streets, squares and parklands.


North Terrace Plaque

In 2001 the German Descendants Group of the South Australian German Association initiated moves to commemorate the life and work of August Wilhelm Pelzer. Their plaque in his honour is located on the eastern edge of a section of Prince Henry Gardens west of the War Memorial on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.

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Jones, David S, ‘Pelzer, August William (1862-1934), Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 January 2012

Peter Morton, After Light: A history of the City of Adelaide and its council, 1878-1928 (Adelaide; Wakefield Press, 1996)