William Light, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


William Light

Surveyor-General of South Australia who designed Adelaide's street plan in 1836

Date of Birth: 27-Apr-1786

Place of Birth: Kuala Kedah, Malaysia

Date of Death: 06-Oct-1839

Profession: military officer, land surveyor, painter, drawer

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About William Light

  • William Light (27 April 1786 – 6 October 1839), also known as Colonel Light, was a British-Malayan naval and army officer.
  • He was the first Surveyor-General of the new British Province of South Australia, known for choosing the site of the colony's capital, Adelaide, and for designing the layout of its streets, six city squares, gardens and the figure-eight Adelaide Park Lands, in a plan later sometimes referred to as Light's Vision. He was the eldest son of Captain Francis Light, founder of Penang, and Martina Rozells.

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