Colonel William LIGHT 1786-1839
His choice was bitterly disputed. Light, however, promised a safe and sheltered anchorage, a good water supply, and ample space for settlement on the Adelaide plains.
By March, 1837, Light had completed his well known grid plan for the city, including surrounding parklands. Colonel Light named the city, 'Adelaide', after the Queen. After initial setbacks, South Australia made quick progress with the development of agriculture and the discovery of minerals.
From carefully planned beginnings, Adelaide grew to become the bustling centre for commerce and culture it is today.
Source: Booklet accompanying the 1995 Masterpieces in Silver - Colonial Australia - Set.
Colonel William Light is featured on the following Australian coins: