Only a handful of families lived in the Para Hills area in the late 1800's. The families were the Goodalls, McIntyres and Kesters, all of which were hay farmers. This was until 1959 when Reid Murray Developments began developing some of the area, which came to house Adelaide’s rapidly growing population. The Para Hills Estate was the largest private housing development in South Australia at the time. It was unique as homes were purchased as a package which included the house, and land. Other incentives included one or more of these appliances; an automatic washing machine or fridge, a 23 inch television or air-conditioning.