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The classically styled freestone Adelaide General Post Office was constructed in the late nineteenth century and housed both the post and telegraph offices which connected Australia with the world
Historical Place | By Dr Julie Collins, University of South Australia | Northwest corner | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
The powerful sculpture of Catherine Helen Spence in Light Square, Adelaide celebrates the life and work of a formidable South Australian.
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | Northwest corner | 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1920s, 1980s
Though dogged by scandal, Charles Kingston was a lawyer, parliamentarian and Federalist who steered many reforms through the South Australian Parliament and helped draft Australia’s Constitution.
Historical Person | By The Hon Dr John Bannon, AO | North Terrace, Northwest corner, Southwest corner | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910
Colonel William Light’s grave remains in Light Square, while Light's Monument there has been replaced and embellished over time
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | Northwest corner | 1830s, 1840s, 1870s, 1890s, 1900-1910
Care for migrants, the unemployed and the destitute was evident from South Australia’s foundation days.
Historical Place | By Kate Walsh | Northwest corner | 1830s, 1840s
A printer and publisher, Hassell was devoted to the immaculate ‘embellishment of books’.
Historical Person | By Valmai Hankel | North Terrace, Northwest corner | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid twentieth century
Originally intended as a recreational garden oasis from the surrounding city, Light Square, however, developed a reputation for prostitution, drinking and violence.
Historical Place | By Owen Hems | Northwest corner | early nineteenth century, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late nineteenth century, late twentieth century, mid nineteenth century, mid twentieth century
Built in 1840, the Queen's Theatre is the oldest surviving theatre building in Adelaide.
Historical Place | By Catherine Manning and James Hunter, History SA | Northwest corner | 1840s
Survey chain used by Isaac Guley in surveying the City of Adelaide with Colonel Light.
Collection Item | Central Market, East Terrace, Hindley Street, North Terrace, Northwest corner, Parklands, River Torrens, Rundle Mall, Rundle Street east, Southeast corner, Southwest corner | 1830s
Word artist Richard Tipping prompts us to consider big ideas in his sculpture ‘The Eternal Question’
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History SA | Northwest corner | 1940s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010
A temporary camping ground for the early European settlers, the West Parklands developed to host most notably a cemetery and a school.
Historical Place | By Margaret Anderson, History SA | Northwest corner, Southwest corner | 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
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