Roseworthy: A junction of past, present and future

Local faces of Roseworthy: Leonie Nicolai, Sean Doherty, Karen Doherty, Ricky Doherty, Danny Coombs and Dennis Geraghty.

Mention Roseworthy, and for many people, the University of Adelaide campus probably springs to mind.

And for good reason. The campus, which was first established by the Government in the 1880s as an Agricultural College, is these days on an exciting growth trajectory, with a student head count of 1,000 expected within three years.

Just this week the University of Adelaide announced that it is introducing a new three-year Veterinary Technology degree, adding to an already outstanding list of programmes on offer at the campus.

But there’s more to Roseworthy than the uni. Ask the locals—they’ll tell you.
But it ought to be over a beer at Leitch’s Hotel, because by all accounts, if it’s happening in Roseworthy, it’s happening there.

“The town is the pub,” said Leonie Nicolai, who, along with her partner, Vic Holder, has managed the hotel for ten years. It’s situated in the actual township of Roseworthy, which is about seven kilometres east of the uni campus.

The pub draws an eclectic mix of locals, travellers, and people from outlying areas—not a surprise for a town perched on the shoulder of the Horrocks Highway, even if it is sometimes overlooked.

“They didn’t even have us on the sign,” said Leonie.
“No one even knew where we were, so they’d go to the university.”

For the full story see the June 26 edition of The Leader

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