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Morphett Street is a main street in the west of the city centre of Adelaide, South Australia. It runs from south to north between South and North Terraces, and passes around and through two of the five squares in the Adelaide city centre: Light Square and Whitmore Square. At Hindley Street it transforms into the start of the bridge which crosses North Terrace, the railway yards and the River Torrens.[1]

Morphett Street

Morphett Street, Adelaide is located in City of Adelaide
North end
North end
South end
South end
General information
Length1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Major junctions
North endNorth Terrace
South endSouth Terrace
LGA(s)City of Adelaide
Suburb(s)Light Square, Whitmore Square

Morphett Street was named after Sir John Morphett, a prominent pioneer, whose votes at a meeting on 10 February 1837, (including numerous proxies), played an important role in confirming the site of Adelaide.[2][3]

The southern half of Morphett Street, between Grote Street and South Terrace, was originally named Brown Street after John Brown, the first Immigration Officer of South Australia. Brown Street was subsumed into the expanded Morphett Street in August 1967. The Brown Street Memorial in Whitmore Square maintains the commemoration of John Brown.

Morphett Street continues north of North Terrace as Montefiore Road, and south of South Terrace as Sir Lewis Cowen Avenue.[1] Montefiore Road and Hill were named after Jacob Barrow Montefiore, a Colonising Commissioner who was a cousin of the British philanthropist, Moses Montefiore.[4] Lewis Cohen served on the Adelaide City Council for 30 years, including several terms as Mayor and Lord Mayor.

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  1. ^ a b 2008 Adelaide Street Directory, 46th Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2008. ISBN 978-0-7319-2118-8.
  2. ^ Sir John Morphett, History of Adelaide Through Street Names, Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  3. ^ Sir John Morphett (1809-1892), Australian Dictionary of Biography, on-line edition. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  4. ^ Elton, Jude. "Montefiore Hill". Adelaidia. History SA. Retrieved 9 August 2017.