In the 1980s Bowden-Brompton was a mixture of housing, factories, shops and small offices and warehouses. I was surprised by this mixture, given that Bowden is less than 4 kilometres from Adelaide’s CBD and adjacent to the Adelaide Parklands. It was similar in location to inner suburbs like Parkside and Kent Town.
When I was living in Bowden I always wondered why an industrial zone with its contaminated land was located so close to the parklands.
Obviously the inner western suburbs of Adelaide had been earmarked for industrial land in the early 20th century by the urban planners, if not before. It was probably in the 19th century that Bowden and Hindmarsh were earmarked as Adelaide’s industrial heartland and manufacturing. In the 1980s we are looking at the history of these older industrial areas.