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The jacket was given to Mr Frederick Budge of Farina, South Australia, by a Muslim (‘Afghan’) trader he knew who went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, at some time in the 1890s.
Collection Item | Southwest corner | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Imposing mine Superintendent Henry Richard Hancock substantially reorganized and developed the “Monster Mine” at Moonta.
Historical Person | By Ros Paterson | North Terrace | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
Kind-hearted and single-minded, 'Padre' Arthur Strange was the founder of the Helping Hand Centre.
Historical Person | By Rev. Keith Smith | North Terrace | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Mark Niehus' four-part series cemented his status as a prominent poet and artist in Adelaide.
Historical Thing | By Hannah Stewart, History Trust of South Australia | 2010s
The Minister for Housing & Urban Development commissionned this work by Karen Genoff, an Adelaide local.
Historical Thing | East Terrace | 1990s
Recalling the ancient Ichthyosaur, this sculpture invites interaction
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 2000-2010
14 Pieces is a sculpture fountain based on the opalised fossilised vertebrae of the Ichthyosaur in the South Australian Museum.
Historical Thing | By South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) | North Terrace | 2000-2010
181 Sturt Street was the home of Mahomet Allum, an Afghani herbalist and healer. It was later the office for Romani International Australia and the Australian Romani School of Gypsy Culture and Language.
Historical Place | By Vedrana Budimir, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1880s, early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
I was employed at John Martins from February 1985, and was lucky enough to be chosen to be in the Christmas Pagaent. My daughter Maria was also lucky to be chosen for the Christmas Tree Float.
Pigs and people in Rundle Mall
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Rundle Mall | 1990s
Australia’s first memorial to recognise the service of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was unveiled in Adelaide on 10 November 2013.
Historical Thing | By Mandy Paul, History Trust of South Australia | River Torrens | early twenty–first century
Abraham Tobias Boas was the first rabbi in South Australia, but so inclusive he was also called ‘the best Christian in Adelaide’.
Historical Person | By Jim Loudon | 1860s, 1870s, 1890s, 1920s
This engraving of Adelaide created by South Australian artist Thomas Peirce is the earliest known ‘bird’s eye’ view of the city.
Maps and Panoramas | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1870s
Zoom in to this aerial view of the City of Adelaide in 1876 for a wonderfully detailed, three dimensional picture of its buildings and surrounds.
Adelaide Arcade was opened in 1885 and was hailed as the most modern shopping precinct in the Southern Hemisphere.
Historical Place | Rundle Mall | 1880s
The Adelaide Botanic Garden is a tranquil retreat within the city.
Historical Place | By Margaret Anderson, History SA | East Terrace
Adelaide Brewery was an early colonial enterprise. While brewing has long ceased there, the building survives in a different guise.
Historical Place | By Alison Painter | late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
The Adelaide City Council has a history spanning over 170 years of service to its citizens.
Historical Organisation | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
Adelaide City Council plaques promote the city’s heritage and some South Australian identities.
Historical Thing | By Bernard O'Neil, History SA | Hindley Street, North Terrace | 1980s, early twenty–first century
This festival is widely recognised as one of the great international arts festivals, while its accompanying Writers’ Week is the largest literary event of its kind.
Historical Event | By Lance Campbell | 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, 2000-2010
The striking facade from Adelaide’s private produce market in the north east corner of the city remains a city landmark, though the market itself no longer operates.
Historical Place | By Hannah Stewart, History Trust of South Australia | East Terrace | 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
One of South Australia's earliest buildings and home to over 300 000 people from 1841 to 1988, Adelaide Gaol is one of Australia's longest operating prisons.
Historical Place | By Rhiannon Agutter, History SA | Parklands | 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
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
A long-running dispute over a senior nursing appointment culminated with a medical officers’ strike and the temporary loss of medical teaching at the Adelaide Hospital
Historical Subject | By Donald Simpson | 1890s, 1900-1910
Prussian by descent, Adelaide Miethke was an educationist, and her School of the Air ‘bridged the lonely distance’ for outback children.
Historical Person | By Dr Helen Jones | 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
For over a century the Adelaide Mosque has provided a centre for prayer, community and celebration.
Historical Place | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
The Adelaide Steamship Company was Australia’s largest shipping company and one of South Australia’s most successful business ventures.
Historical Organisation | By Lindl Lawton, South Australian Maritime Museum | 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, early twentieth century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
The classically inspired Adelaide Town Hall was opened in 1866 and accommodates council chambers and civic reception rooms. It remains a notable landmark in Adelaide today.
Historical Place | By Dr Julie Collins, University of South Australia
Providing housing for ‘industrious and deserving’ workers since 1899
Historical Organisation | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southeast corner | 1890s, 1930s, 2010s
Cottages built for workers through a bequest from businessman and philanthropist Sir Thomas Elder
Historical Place | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southeast corner | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1960s, 1970s
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