Kingston’s fascinating heritage trail

Kingston District Council has collaborated with the Kingston SE national trust group to develop a website and ‘heritage trail’ around Kingston.

As part of the project, plaques have been placed in front of various historic buildings that are considered to be significant by the community. 

The plaques bear information about the buildings and photographs from bygone eras.

The plaques have been designed with Kingston’s new colours and the 25 sites have been marked with information that contains some of Kingston’s earliest history pre-1900s. 

The council and the national trust group have been working hard to develop the website and brochures to spread the word about the plaques. 

Secretary of the Kingston branch of the National Trust of South Australia Ali Stillwell told the Leader that there had been a desire for a long time to install signs so that people can be more aware of the history of Kingston.

“The Kingston council has funded the project and the national trust has provided all of the information on the sites,” Ali said.

“People will now be more aware of how Kingston came about, why it was developed in the first place, why people settled here and the sort of things that they did in the early days.”

Ali also explained why the council and the national trust focused on the pre-1900s specifically and why tourists and locals alike would find this period of time interesting to read about.

“Kingston was proclaimed in 1858 so we are looking mainly in just that period of time. It was a hectic time as far as Kingston as a port goes as well as the railways and so on coming into the town.”

Ali said the plaques would be developed further and provide even more information.

“In due course we would like to attach QR codes to the signs as well so that people can access any further information if they are interested.”