Highgate, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Population1,397 (2006 census)[1]
1,284 (2001 Census)[2]
LGA(s)City of Unley

Highgate is a suburb of Adelaide in the City of Unley.


European settlers arrived in the area in 1839 and surveyed. Part of section 251, Hundred of Adelaide, was purchased by William Ferguson, who named the 248 acres (100 hectares) Rosefield after his wife Rosina Ferguson.

Some time before 1854 a 40-acre (16 ha) section was purchased by George White (1813–1876), tailor of Hindley Street and owner of "White's Rooms", who lived there with his family,[3] he established a large formal garden and developed 25 acres (10 ha) as a vineyard. By 1875 his cellars had 54,000 imperial gallons (250 kl) storage in wood, and in that year produced 5,000 imperial gallons (23 kl).[4] White died in 1876, and his widow sold the property, which in September 1881 was laid out as Highgate-on-the-Hill by F.J. Botting (1819–1906), naming it after the English town in which he was born.[5]

In 1967 the suburb was renamed Highgate.[citation needed] By 1900 most newspaper advertisements referred simply to "Highgate" and by 1920 references to "Highgate-on-the-Hill" had been dropped entirely.


  • Highgate School is a Reception to Year 7 school.[6]
  • Concordia College is a Lutheran secondary school with 82 teaching staff.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Highgate (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Highgate (State Suburb)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  3. ^ "George White" (PDF). Pioneers Association of South Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  4. ^ G. C. Bishop The Vineyards of Adelaide Linton Publications 1977 ISBN 0 86946 280 6
  5. ^ "Manning index of SA placenames: Highgate". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Highgate School". 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2016.

Coordinates: 34°57′S 138°37′E / 34.950°S 138.617°E / -34.950; 138.617