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Right in the centre of the city, Elder Park was a first stopping point for many new migrants arriving in South Australia.
Historical Place | By Dr Karen Agutter, the University of Adelaide, & Catherine Manning, Migration Museum | Parklands | 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Celebrated at its opening in 1882, and again a century later, the rotunda remains a focus point for events in Elder Park.
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Parklands | 1880s, 1980s
A racing car designer and driver, Eldred Norman was interested in all things mechanical.
Historical Person | By Jon G Chittleborough | Southeast corner | 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
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
Essington Lewis was a hard-working industrialist who substantially developed and expanded B.H.P., and was Director-General of Munitions during the Second World War.
Historical Person | By Bob Lewis | North Terrace | early twentieth century, mid twentieth century
Now lost, the Exhibition Building once dominated North Terrace
Historical Place | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
One of three statues given to Adelaide by WA Horn, Hercules was unveiled in October 1892 in Victoria Square.
Historical Thing | By Madeleine Ryan and Pat Stretton, History SA | Parklands | 1890s, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
Throughout the 1890s South Australia was at the forefront of the Federation movement that created the Commonwealth of Australia from six British colonies.
Historical Event | By John Bannon | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
In October 1896, within one year of the Lumière brothers’ first public screening of film in Paris, the first public film screening in South Australia occurred at the Theatre Royal in Hindley Street
Historical Subject | By Dylan Walker | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
Packaging and remnats from firecrackers stocked at Gordon Sym Choon's Union Street shop.
Collection Item | Rundle Street east | 1960s, 1970s
American aeronaut Thomas Gale made South Australia’s first successful aerial ascent in June 1871
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | North Terrace | 1870s
Opened in 1957 for 360 people with a Sunday school for 300, the church has a marble porch and a 21.3m impressive entrance foyer
Historical Place | By Open House Adelaide | North Terrace | 1950s
Within Catherine Truman’s work, Fish for the Slate Pool Walkway, the tentative nature of life is captured brilliantly from the depths of Truman’s imagination.
Historical Thing | By Cindy Crook, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1990s
From ‘City of Churches’ to the ‘City of Cars’, Flinders Street reflects changes in Adelaide
Historical Place | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1830s, 1840s, 1860s, 1870s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, early twenty–first century
Paradoxically, the only parts of South Australia to experience occasional serious disruption of by flooding are the far distant sparsely populated deserts around Lake Eyre
Historical Subject | By CR Twidale, University of Adelaide | River Torrens | 1840s, 1860s, 1870s, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1950s, 1970s, 2010s
Every year between 1938 and 1975 Adelaidians showed pride in their city by beautifying it with mass displays of flowers on National Flower Day.
Historical Event | By John Davis | North Terrace | 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
The Art Gallery of South Australia is one of several major cultural institutions that line North Terace between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road.
Historical Thing | By South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) | North Terrace
This fountain is outside the University of SA Brookman Building.
Faulding was a manufacturing chemist, prominent businessman, city councillor and church benefactor.
Historical Person | By Peter Donovan | North Terrace, Rundle Street east | 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, mid nineteenth century
Frederick May was an engineer and manufacturer, and the archetypal 'quiet achiever' who missed out on major fame and success.
Historical Person | By Mark Boon | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s
Completed in 1927 the Freemasons Grand Lodge, or Masonic Centre, is a well known landmark on North Terrace.
Historical Place | By Catherine Manning, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1920s
Originally painted by Carol Ruff and Barbary O'Brien in 1984 and modified by Driller Jet Armstrong in 1998.
Historical Thing | By Hannah Stewart, History Trust of South Australia | Rundle Street east | 1980s, 1990s
George Henderson figured prominently in South Australia’s cultural, educational and social life.
Historical Person | By Wilfrid Prest | North Terrace | 1900-1910, 1920s, 1940s
George Elton Mayo was an extraordinarily versatile pioneer in human relations, management studies and psychoanalysis.
Historical Person | By Dr Oliver Mayo | North Terrace | 1880s, 1890s, 1900-1910, 1910s
This merchant, banker, landowner and philanthropist was generous but shrewd, and often tagged with the phrase ‘philanthropy plus ten per cent’.
Historical Person | By John Healey | North Terrace | 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s
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
In the days before Coca-Cola and Pepsi, George Hall was a forward-thinking manufacturer of soft drinks.
Historical Person | By Anna Stirling Pope | North Terrace | late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
George William Hannaford was born on 4 January 1852, the son of farmer George Williams Hannaford and his wife Ann (née Cornish) of ‘Hatchlands’ in Hartley Vale, near Gumeracha, South Australia.
Historical Person | By Dr David Jones | North Terrace | 1860s, 1900-1910, late nineteenth century
A clergyman and headmaster, Farr was a champion of gentlemanly behaviour, honesty and good sportsmanship.
Historical Person | By Robert Fisher | North Terrace, Parklands | late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
A surveyor and conservationist, and incredibly prolific letter-writer, Goyder is mainly remembered for his famous ‘line of rainfall’.
Historical Person | By Nic Klaassen | North Terrace | late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
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