181 Sturt Street was the home of Mahomet Allum, an Afghani herbalist and healer. It was later the office for Romani International Australia and the Australian Romani School of Gypsy Culture and Language.
South Australia’s Foundation Act, passed by the British parliament in 1834, made no reference to the Aboriginal peoples who owned and occupied the land that was being annexed from the other side of the world.
The cemetery was established following protests in February 1920 against the State Government from the League of Loyal Women, who campaigned against the treatment of over 150 returned soldiers buried in unmarked graves at West Terrace Cemetery. Exclusively for the burial of ex-service personnel, it was the first dedicated military cemetery in Australia.
Robert Barr Smith (1824–1915), the son of a Scottish clergyman and his wife Marjory, née Barr, migrated to Melbourne in 1854. Moving to Adelaide just as Thomas Elder’s brothers were leaving South Australia, he threw in his lot with Elder.