Author(s): Patricia Sumerling
Adelaide's Park Lands, the city's greatest asset, have long been home to large events, as well as numberless small, private encounters. Until now, no book has been published to document this wealth of social activity. In The Adelaide Park Lands, Patricia Sumerling recounts tales both enchanting and bizarre from the time of earliest European settlement until present days. Where crowds once thronged for a public execution, or to see Blondin, the tightrope walker of Niagara Falls fame, now thousands gather for car races and cultural festivals. Adelaideans play sport in the Park Lands, get married, enjoy picnics, and meet for secret assignations. Many simply seek tranquil retreat in the Park Lands - although, as Patricia Sumerling shows, controversy has been never far away.