King William Street, Adelaide

King William Street, Adelaide

King William Street is a major arterial road that traverses the central business district (CBD) of Adelaide (the capital of South Australia) from north to south [cite book|title=2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition |publisher=UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd) |year=2003 |isbn=0-7319-1441-4] . It was named by the Street Naming Committee on 23 May 1837 after King William IV, the monarch at the time,cite web
title=History of Adelaide through street names - Street Names
] (he died less than a month later). King William Street is convert|132|ft|m wide, and is the widest main street of all the Australian State capital cities.Fact|date=September 2008

The Glenelg Tram runs the length of the street; the city terminus is in the western part of North Terrace. Travel on the tram is free of charge along King William Street and North Terrace.

Other streets called King William

The name "King William" is applied several times to a continuous stretch of road that begins in the south as "King William Road", just within Unley Park and runs through Hyde Park, Unley, the southern parklands (as "Peacock Road"), the Adelaide CBD ("King William Street") and continues north as "King William Road" to Brougham Place, North Adelaide. The road continues north but the name "King William" is not again used. The northern section called King William Road (connecting the Adelaide CBD with North Adelaide) passes several of Adelaide's landmarks, including Government House, Elder Park, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide Oval and St Peter's Cathedral.

Historical photographs

Name changes on streets crossing King William Street

Between North Terrace and South Terrace, all east-west roads change their names as they cross King William Street. It is said this is because noone is allowed to cross the path of a monarch. Also, travelling north-south, the cross-streets alternate between being wide (4-lane) and narrow (2-lane), with the exception that Grote Street and Wakefield Street are 4-lane).

Travelling south from North Terrace, the street pairs are: [ Map] of the Adelaide CBD, North Adelaide and the Adelaide Parklands.]

External links

* [ Information for King William Street - Maxwell's Web Media]


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