Meet Glenthorne Partnership member Bob Major

Meet Glenthorne Partnership member Bob Major



Each edi­tion we’ll intro­duce you to one of the 13 mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship who are help­ing to shape this new nation­al park.


The Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship was cre­at­ed to pro­vide impor­tant com­mu­ni­ty insight, ideas and per­spec­tives, and help make deci­sions to ensure the park meets com­mu­ni­ty needs and expectations.

The group includes com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with con­nec­tions to sur­round­ing Friends of Parks’ vol­un­teer groups, the Kau­r­na com­mu­ni­ty, the City of Mar­i­on, the local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion and local R‑12 school.

Hear from Bob Major about his con­nec­tion to the cre­ation of Glen­thorne Nation­al Park:

I’m a retired geol­o­gist and Pres­i­dent of the Friends of Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park, which was estab­lished in about 1987. I have been the pres­i­dent ever since. The Min­is­ter invit­ed me to join the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship as part of my role in the Hal­lett Cove Friends Group.

Hal­lett Cove is very impor­tant geo­log­i­cal­ly, it holds evi­dence of the Per­mi­an geo­log­i­cal peri­od about ~ 290 Mil­lion years ago dur­ing the ice age.

I start­ed uni­ver­si­ty in 1958 and attend­ed a uni­ver­si­ty excur­sion at Hal­lett Cove, which looked very dif­fer­ent then. The cliff that we now call the amphithe­atre’ extend­ed all the way to the south­ern part of the cove, which had all of these shacks which ran from the south­ern end to the foot of Black Cliff. In the 1970s the whole area was going to be devel­oped for hous­es but this devel­op­ment was stopped by two women called Maud McBri­ar and Jean Minards.

Hal­lett Cove had many Abo­rig­i­nal arte­facts that were col­lect­ed by the Muse­um of SA. It would be great to col­lect some fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the Abo­rig­i­nal history.

I hope that not only for Hal­lett Cove, but for all of the parks, that the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship will revi­talise the area, help us to plan ahead and improve fund­ing to under­take things like improv­ing board walks, cre­at­ing bet­ter access, get­ting rid of weeds and pro­tect­ing rem­nant vegetation.”

Read about the oth­er mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship.

Bob will be host­ing a geo­log­i­cal tour as part of the next Glen­thorne Action Team vol­un­teer event at Hal­lett Cove Con­ser­va­tion Park on 1 March.