Light Square / Wauwi

Light Square / Wauwi

Wauwi was the wife of Kadlitpina (Kaurna Elder), and Colonel William Light (1786-1839) was the first Surveyor-General of South Australia responsible for the development of the 1837 Adelaide Plan.

Colonel Light’s grave and memorial are located in the square, and in 2016, the City of Adelaide installed the Pride Walk to acknowledge diversity and celebrate the achievements and struggles faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community.

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Pride Walk

Pride Walk in Light Square, Adelaide

In October 2016, City of Adelaide installed the Pride Walk, with rainbow colours, to acknowledge diversity and to celebrate the achievements and struggles faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community in their journey toward acceptance.

In collaboration with historian Ian Purcell AM, the timeline text stencilled onto the path aims to give an insight into major legal and policy reform in South Australia. It acknowledges key community events, with the focus on South Australia which paved the way being the first state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1975. Each date corresponds with a key event in the lead up to and surrounding major law reform milestones and community achievements.

The timeline text is below for your information. Further information and explanation will be added to this webpage which is dedicated to the Pride Walk and the South Australia’s LGBTIQ community achievements.


In a time when male homosexuality is still considered illegal, Premier Don Dunstan announces a review of criminal law


Dr George Duncan is thrown into the River Torrens and drowns. Public outrage surrounding his murder triggers homosexual law reform

MP Murray Hill introduces a bill to decriminalise homosexuality after Dr Duncan’s murder. The bill was unsuccessful


Adelaide holds first Pride March during Gay Pride Week


MP Peter Duncan introduces a bill that passes, making SA the first state to decriminalise homosexuality.


Police files on homosexuals are burned in the Centennial Park crematorium


The Equal Opportunity Act makes discrimination against a person’s sexuality illegal


The AIDS Council of SA leads the community in promoting greater awareness of HIV and AIDS


First annual LGBTIQ Picnic in the Park is held


First annual Feast: Adelaide’s Queer Cultural Festival


Second Pride March is held 30 years after the1975 March and becomes an annual event


Community leader Ian Purcell is awarded the Order of Australia


The SA Domestic Partnerships Act gives equal rights to same-sex couples excluding access to IVF, parenting and adoption


SA Police establishes a Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Network


The Spent Convictions Act allows pre-1975 homosexual offences to be expunged


The SA Government releases the LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy


The SA Government commits to legal reform to end LGBTIQ discrimination


The SA Government passes the Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill

The SA Government and City of Adelaide fund the Feast Festival Arts and Cultural Hub

City of Adelaide installs Pride Walk in recognition of the LGBTIQ community’s contribution to cultural diversity

Community leader Ian Purcell AM loses his battle with liver cancer and passes away 6th November, two weeks after the opening of the Pride Walk


Fun Fact

Over 500 zombies meet at the Square each year as part of the annual global zombie walk.

Did You Know?

Colonel Light is the only person to be ‘'legally'’ buried within the City Square Mile. After dying in 1839 the Colonel was buried here.  

Picture Adelaide 2040

"I sometimes walkthrough this park on my way home from uni. I love how there is a fountain in the middle."