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      confusing place names

      I wish someone had explained this to me when I arrived:

      -there are over 350 suburbs in Adelaide.

      -many have very similar names (such as Marsden and Marden etc etc)

      -many have no relationship whatsoever to their UK counterparts (Felixstowe, for instance, is nowhere near the sea, and Picadilly is nowhere near the CBD)

      -in addition to the "City of Adelaide" there are a whole bunch oh local councils that insist on calling themselves cities. A lot of these have re-amalgamated over the last twenty years (-such as "The City of St Peters, Norwood and Payneham" ) .These Cities often include very small suburbs that are not mentioned in the title.

      Some suburbs are dissected by major arterial routes, and are really quite different from one part to the other.

      So, If you are buying a property, try this : get a good map ( -not a UBD), sit down, and work out

      -where the work is
      -where the schools are
      -what are the transport options
      -where the shopping is etc etc

      Then use your map to look for property, and not a list of (-often meaningless-) suburb names

      John B
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      I was saying this to my partner just this week that I just don't get all these councils calling themselves cities. As far as I know, in the UK a place has to have a cathedral to be called a city doesn't it?
      Is a mummy!

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      I think it's just to distinguish the level of bureaucracy - there is Federal, then State, then City. The 'cities' are actually LGAs (Local Government Authorities) - I think there are about 68 of them here in South Australia. Here's a list of them all https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_...outh_Australia
      Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****



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