About Our Area

Glenalta

Location:

Glenalta is a southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia located in the Adelaide Hills.

Services:

The suburb is served by Glenalta railway station on the Belair railway line.

Features:
Glenalta is adjacent to the Belair National Park

Accolades:

The Adelaide Advertiser has judged Glenalta to be Adelaide’s most liveable suburb (http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/in-depth/adelaide-liveable-suburb)

Watch a video of the Demographer Bernard Salt and Sunday Mail editor Megan Lloyd explaining why Glenalta is amongst Adelaide’s most liveable suburbs HERE!

A Brief History of the Area

  • The original residence in the area was a cottage established on farming land in 1865 by Robert Burfield.
  • The property was planted with apple and pear orchards.
  • In 1878 the orchard was purchased by Phillip Laffer. (The Laffer family is where we get Laffers Road from)
  • The main house was built by the Laffer family in 1907.
  • George Laffer took on the farm in 1908. George became Chairman of Mitcham Council and was subsequently elected to State Parliament in 1913.
  • From 1933 the orchards were managed by his widow and his nephew Harold Laffer.
  • The farm was sold to a developer in 1955 and was dub-divided into the suburb we know as Glenalta in 1958.