Our city is rich in history and heritage. We aim to preserve our cultural sites for future generations because we value our history, both Aboriginal and European.
Our family histories reveal a lot about our heritage. We have the care of six cemeteries in our region. The Cemeteries Register allows you to search the records of each of these cemeteries.
Find out about the history of the region: the Kaurna people, the European explorers and whalers who visited, and the Europeans who settled the area, growing cereal crops and establishing flour mills. Land use has changed over the years, producing mixed farming like sheep, vineyards and olive orchards. Other industries, like the slate quarries of Willunga, brought income to the region.
Our Aboriginal history is explored on this site. In fact, the name ‘Onkaparinga’ comes from ‘Ngangkiparinga’: an indigenous word meaning ‘The Women's River’.
One of South Australia's worst maritime disasters is explained in more detail when, in 1888, a cargo ship named ‘The Star of Greece’ crashed on the shores of Port Willunga in stormy conditions. Few of the crew survived and many are buried in the historic Aldinga cemetery. The shipwreck becomes visible at low tide and is popular with divers.
Memorials are another way of preserving our history and commemorating important events. Several memorials are located across the region.