Our Heritage

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is one of South Australia's most historic inner-urban areas.

Family weddingThe Kaurna people are the traditional owners of the land that has become known as the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

The Kaurna lived around the four creeks which traverse the City, gathering for ceremony and cultural activities prior to European settlement in the 1830s.

Our City's history since European settlement draws on the histories of three uniquely South Australian communities:

  • Kensington and Norwood - the first township (outside of the City of Adelaide) to be granted municipal government in Australia
  • St Peters - the residential town with distinctive villas and cottages amid tree-lined streets
  • Payneham - known as the Garden City of Payneham.

Successive waves of migrants have also exerted significant influence over the development of the City. This has imbued the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters with an identity and character distinct from any other city in South Australia.

The amalgamation of the three council areas in 1997 unified a richly multicultural community.

To find out more about the City's history, visit: Cultural Heritage web page.