City of Tea Tree Gully

Local government area in South Australia

City of Tea Tree Gully
South Australia
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 • Density 1,026.51/km2 (2,658.65/sq mi)
Established 1858
Area 95.21 km2 (36.8 sq mi)
Mayor Kevin Knight [3]
Council seat Modbury
Region Northern Adelaide[4]
State electorate(s) Florey, Newland, Playford, Torrens, Wright, King,
Federal division(s) Mayo, Makin, Sturt
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Website City of Tea Tree Gully

The City of Tea Tree Gully is a local council in the Australian state of South Australia, in the outer north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. The major business district in the city is at Modbury, where Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, the Civic Centre and the library are located.

Howard, Lord Florey, Australian pathologist and co-discoverer of penicillin, was a resident of the City of Tea Tree Gully. [1]

Suburbs and post codes[edit]


The current council as of December 2021:[5]

Ward Councillor Notes
Mayor Kevin Knight
Balmoral vacant Former Councillor, Olivia Savvas was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Newland in March 2022. Due to Local Government elections being held within the same year, a supplementary election was not required.[6]
Rob Unger
Drumminor Lyn Petrie
Damian Wyld
Hillcott Sandy Keane
Kristianne Foreman Former Councillor, Alicia Schlueter was removed from office on 24th August 2021[7] having missed three consecutive Council meetings without seeking a leave of absence.
Kristianne Foreman was elected to Tea Tree Gully Council on the 14th December 2021.[8]
Pedare Bernie Keane
Brett Rankine
Steventon Lucas Jones Deputy Mayor and Principal Spokesperson[5]
Jessica Lintvelt
Water Gully Robin Coleman
Peter Field


The Tea Tree gully itself passes through the Adelaide foothills roughly marking the easiest path eastwards from Grand Junction Road to Gumeracha. The 1850s settlement at the entrance to the gully (approximately where North East Road enters the foothills) was known as the village of ‘Steventon’ after a local resident, John Stevens, who was a major landowner in the area.[citation needed] The name Steventon is retained as one of the electoral wards of the City of Tea Tree Gully.[citation needed]

The council was originally proclaimed in October 1858 as the District Council of Tea Tree Gully, when the northern half of the District Council of Highercombe, which had been created in 1853, successfully seceded to form its own municipality. In the early 1930s, the two councils were considered unviable, being very small in relative size and population. The District Council of Highercombe was included in a Local Government Commission list of 53 local councils with annual revenue of less than £2000. Following the commission recommendation, the two councils were recombined under the name Tea Tree Gully in May 1935.[9]

It inherited the former 1855 Highercombe council chambers, which had been built in Tea Tree Gully, and used that building until 1967. The Old Tea Tree Gully Council Chambers survive today and are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register, having been the first purpose-built district council chambers in South Australia.[10][11] In 1967 the Tea Tree Gully civic centre was opened, comprising a new council chamber and civic hall. The municipality was granted city status and proclaimed as the City of Tree Gully in 1968.[12]

A council-owned colonial building was converted into a community art gallery,[when?] and is now known as Gallery 1855. The gallery hosts regular contemporary art and craft exhibitions and artist-led workshops.[13]

From 1954 to 1971 the population of Tea Tree Gully council rose from just over 2,500 to almost 37,000, and in 1975 it had reached approximately 55,000 as urban residential development quickly expanded.[14] By 2004 the population had exceeded 100,000.[12]

Chairmen and mayors of Tea Tree Gully[edit]

  • William Henry Ind (1936–1943) [15]
  • Albert George Dearman (1943-1951) [15]
  • George Norman Lambert (1951-1954) [15]
  • Albert George Dearman (1954-1955) [15]
  • David Stanley Goodes (1955-1957) [15]
  • Basil David Mitchell (1957–1960) [15]
  • Viggo Ole Jacobsen (1960–1965) [15]
  • William Green (1967–1969) [15]
  • William Gilbert Brassington (1969–1972) [15]
  • John Charles Burford (1972–1974) [15]
  • John Garfield Tilley (1974–1981) [15]
  • Donald David Stuart (1981–1982) [15]
  • John Garfield Tilley (1982–1989) [15][16]
  • Thomas Edward Loveland Milton (1989-1991)
  • Lesley Purdom (1991-1997)
  • Bernie Keane (1997-2000)
  • Lesley Purdom (2000-2006)
  • Miriam Smith (2006-2014)
  • Pat Trainor (2014)
  • Kevin Knight (2014-current)


Aerial image of the Golden Grove and Greenwith areas, looking north. Greenwith is to the north, and the border is Cobbler Creek, which is straddled by a treeline indicated by the upper red arrow. The southern border of Golden Grove is indicated approximately by the southern treeline marked by the arrow. The triangle in the southwestern corner of the photo is Surrey Downs, and to the southeastern corner is Fairview Park. Little Para Reservoir is the body of water. The light patches on the eastern part of the image are quarries. This is the northern part of the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The gully to which the city name refers actually exists and is known to be sizable as it provided a gradient negotiable only by bullock wagons travelling through the Mt. Lofty Ranges. Additionally the gully had permanent freshwater springs which promoted the growth of tea trees in the area – thus the eventual name ‘Tea Tree Gully’.

The 350-hectare (860-acre) Anstey Hill Recreation Park is adjacent to the suburbs of Vista and Tea Tree Gully.

Sister cities[edit]

The City of Tea Tree Gully, has one sister city.[17] it is the:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Tea Tree Gully (C)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ “3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18”. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ “Elected Members”. City of Tea Tree Gully. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ “Northern Adelaide SA Government region” (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b “Elected Members”. City of Tea Tree Gully. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  6. ^ “Congratulations to Olivia Savvas on election to SA Parliament”. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  7. ^ “Councillor removed from seat on Tea Tree Gully Council”. City of Tea Tree Gully. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  8. ^ “Hillcott ward supplementary election result”. City of Tea Tree Gully. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  9. ^ Marsden, Susan (2012). “Local Government Association of South Australia: A History of South Australian Councils to 1936” (PDF). DC of Highercombe was the original local government area, established on 14 July 1853. The DC of Tea Tree Gully was detached on 7 October 1858, and Highercombe was absorbed into DC of Tea Tree Gully on 21 March 1935, returning the council to the 1853 boundaries.
  10. ^ “The First Council Chambers”. Tea Tree Gully Historical Society. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  11. ^ “Former Highercombe (subsequently Tea Tree Gully) Council Chambers”. South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b “A Short History of Tea Tree Gully”. Tea Tree Gully Historical Society. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  13. ^ “Gallery 1855”. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  14. ^ Auhl, 1976
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836–1986, Wakefield Press, p. 585, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2
  16. ^ “Modbury High School Student Award”. Rotary Club of Modbury. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  17. ^ “Sister City Information”. City of Tea Tree Gully. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  • Auhl, Ian (1976). From settlement to city: a history of the district of Tea Tree Gully, 1836–1976. Blackwood, SA: Lynton Publications.[ISBN missing]
  • Auhl, Ian (1993). Tea Tree Gully Historical Society (ed.). From settlement to city: a history of the district of Tea Tree Gully, 1836–1976, 1976–1993. Modbury, SA: Tea Tree Gully Council. ISBN 9781742224770.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°50′S 138°41′E / 34.833°S 138.683°E / -34.833; 138.683