the web site

Welcome to the site for the Colonel Light Gardens Historical Society.

Here you can access many documents to help you understand Colonel Light Gardens history and the plans which will guide its future, as well as the news relating to Colonel Light Gardens.

If you have comments or suggestions as to what you would like to see on the site, please send an email to the Secretary

Mitcham Camp

1 April 2015 marks 100 years since the enlisted soldiers moved the training camp from Morphetville and Ascot Park to Grange Farm, the site of Colonel Light Gardens.

Mitcham Camp images on Vimeo.

The slideshow video lasts approximately 11 minutes. These is no sound track, Just some time for quiet reflection on the men who did their initial training on the site where we live today.

Many of the images have the familiar hills in the background.

The video is best viewed in full screen and at High Definition.


Mitcham Camp map

A map of the Mitcham Camp as it was in 1916-16 as an overlay on current property boundaries is available for download. The City of Mitcham has granted permission for this use. You may view it as an electronic file or print it (recommended size is A1).



Mitcham Council: management of the suburb

There are many issues where the management of the suburb should be questioned, and answers provided. Council has policies and rules, and they should be consistently followed. It is unfair for some to ignore the rules and secure an advantage over those that respect the rules.

Council Land at the corner of Goodwood Rd and Rochester Ave

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the two signs advise of private parking, yet they are on Council land. Mitcham Council was asked on 13/4/2015 if the signs were authorised by the City of Mitcham for use on Council land.

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the large banner advertising chicken products is on the fence facing Goodwood Road. The fence is on Council land. The sign would appear to be a breach of the condition found in Mitcham Council's Outdoor Dining Policy 14.08 at section 2.1 where it requires that "Enclosure structures must not be used for general advertising purposes". The Outdoor Dining Policy may be found here

It would also appear to require the prior approval of Mitcham Council pursuant to the By-Law No2, Moveable signs section 6.3, but it is unlikely to get approval under that section as it is not a public event (s6.5).

The two A-frame signs also fall under that By-Law. They would appear to be inconsistent with s5.1 as the business name is not displayed on the sign, the chicken products sign would appear to be inconsistent with s4.2 as it is closer to the carriageway than the required 500mm, and both are further away than the required maximum distance fram the entrance or exit of the premises required under s4.5.

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the flag shown at the right of the image is also on Council land and would also appear to require Council approval.

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These two A-frame signs also fall under that By-Law. They do have the business name clearly displayed, but they are only allowed one sign. There are two.


Mitcham Council was asked on 13/4/2015 what their response is to these matters.


Colonel Light Gardens book again available

CLG book image Dr Christine Garnaut's popular book on Colonel Light Gardens has been reprinted. The book has a new Introduction which updates developments in the suburb since 1999.

The book is highly recommended to all residents interested in Colonel Light Gardens.

More details of the book and where it can be purchased are available here.

new work by homeowners- Since May 2000 approval is needed for:

  • fences,
  • carports,
  • garages,
  • roller doors,
  • pay TV dishes,
  • roller shutters,
  • new roofing,
  • air-conditioning,
  • window replacement, and
  • planting vegetation on the nature strip.

The links in the plans and guides section will help guide you to the requirements or call or visit Mitcham Council for advice before commencing work. Paper copies of these documents are available from Mitcham Council.

plans and guides
pdf file Fences in SA (SA Heritage Branch) (2.2 Mb)
pdf file Gardens in SA 1840-1940 (SA Heritage Branch) (3.5 Mb)
pdf file National Heritage List Nomination Form (12 Mb)
papers and reports
  1902 Garden Cities of Tomorrow by Ebenezer Howard
  1912 Nothing Gained by Overcrowding by Raymond Unwin (2.9Mb)
maps and drawings
Mitcham Army Camp
Grange Farm
street scenes
Thousand Homes
Thousand Homes interiors
CLG Primary School
churches and public buildings
background notes
  Naming of Colonel Light Gardens (1.1Mb)
  suburb history (102kb)
  garden suburb planning principles (101kb)
2006 Census data
Sands and McDougal Directories
1925 1926 1927 1930
suburb myths


Charles Reade
  South Australian Heritage Branch
  Hampstead Garden Suburb (UK)
  Letchworth Garden City (UK)
  Brentham (UK)
last updated April 13, 2015
contact the Secretary
Colonel Light Garden Historical Society Inc 2012