The district of Light is located just north of greater metropolitan Adelaide, extending from the outer Elizabeth suburbs of Munno Para and Munno Para West in the south to the town of Gawler and its suburbs in the north. It encompasses both residential and semi-rural areas.
Light includes the following suburbs;
The Electoral Commission of South Australia draws the boundary for our district. You can download a map below:
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Light is named for Colonel William Light (1786-1839), the first Surveyor-General of South Australia. Colonel Light determined the site for the City of Adelaide, divided its acreage into marketable lots and commenced the definition of country sections for secondary townships.
Light is on the northern edge of the metropolitan area boundary, extending from Hewett in the north to meet Munno Para and Munno Para West in the south. Its biggest township is the Town of Gawler, which was historically the first major rural town north of Adelaide in the state. Light is also one of only two (with Flinders) electorates to bear the name of one of the 17 original 1857 Assembly districts.
The 2006 election saw a Labor member elected to the seat of Light for the first time since World War II.
The seat was held from 1938-39 by Richard Layton Butler and 1939-1941 by Herbert Michael, both of the Liberal and Country League, before Labor's Sydney McHugh was elected for 1941-1944.
The Liberal and Country League would regain the seat in 1944 when Herbert Michael was reelected. Michael was followed by George Hambour (1956-1960), Leslie Nicholson (1960-1962) and John Freebairn (1962-1970). Bruce Eastick was elected in 1970, and became Opposition Leader shortly thereafter; Eastick's term also saw the recasting of the LCL as the Liberal Party. Malcolm Buckby succeeded Eastick in 1993 and held the seat until 2006.
In 2006, Gawler Mayor Tony Piccolo won the seat, and was re-elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018. He currently holds the seat.