Freedom Firsts by Mark Kimber in Adelaide

I live in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Adelaide has historically been the hub of free-spirited and free-thinking people. Adelaide was the first place to abolish sexual and racial discrimination, the first to do away with capital punishment, the first to recognize Aboriginal land rights, the first to give women voting rights and interestingly the first place to legalize nude swimming.

The original inhabitants of the Adelaide Plains were the Kaurna aboriginal peoples. However, the constant influx of the European settlers and the resulting power struggles led to these traditional owners of the land being badly sidelined. Adelaide was established as a colony for the free settlers and is the only capital city that was inhabited by free settlers from its inception.

Because it was a planned capital for a free settled British province in Australia, there was a notion that there would be little crime, therefore no prison was built in Adelaide for several years. However, a prison was built later following disruption in social lives by criminals who took advantage of the absence of police force and prisons.

Name:Mark Kimber

Lecturer in fine art photography, University of South Australia.


Photography. On the weekends I play in a band and watch my son play basketball.

Tell us about Adelaide:

Adelaide is an easy, inexpensive place to live with great people and the finest wines in Australia.

A perfect day?

Watching my son play basketball and taking photos.

What is the best thing about Adelaide?

Nearby hills, beaches, and the supportive arts community.

What is the worst?

Lack of rain.

What would be surprising about Adelaide to an outsider?

Big blue skies, uncrowded beaches and low cost of living.

If Adelaide was a person or character who would it be?

David Lynch.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

David Lynch, Tom Waits, and Dashiell Hammett.


Name:Mark Kimber


Favorite place to eat:


Favorite place to drink:

Cibo Espresso

Favorite shop:

Camera House

Local Tip:

Ask for the McClaren Vale Shiraz

Must Do:

Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide