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Between 1880 and 1891 the hulk Fitzjames, colloquially known as ‘Hell afloat’, served as a Reformatory for over 100 boys aged from 8 to 16 years of age.
Historical Thing | By Nikki Sullivan | 1880s, 1890s
The Immigrants sculpture has been climbed on, sat on, stood next to and embraced by many people who have walked through the gates of the Migration Museum since 2006.
Historical Thing | By Catherine Manning, Migration Museum | North Terrace | 2000-2010
What fun! John Dowie’s work invigorates Rundle Mall
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Rundle Mall | 1970s
The Smith brothers’ grave is situated in a prominent position adjoining the Bishop Short Memorial Garden alongside the century-old Chapel of the Resurrection at North Road Cemetery.
Historical Thing | By Helen Stein, Cemetery Historian | 1920s
The Three Rivers fountain in Victoria Square commemorates the Royal Visit in 1963
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1960s, 2010s
The Torrens Lake Fountain commemorates the first time South Australia was visited by a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
Historical Thing | By Madeleine Ryan, History SA | Parklands | 1950s
Adelaide tunnel tales are a perennial favourite in the popular press, and are cheerfully perpetuated by tour operators and publicans everywhere.
Historical Thing | By Deb Morgan | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
A startled Venus caused consternation as Adelaide’s first public statue in 1892
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s
An outstanding all-round sportsman was provided with the rare honour of being memorialised during his lifetime
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | River Torrens | 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, early twenty–first century
The lives and cultures of ‘Afghan’ cameleers are recognised in Whitmore Square
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1860s, 1870s, 2000-2010
Remembering the role of horses in war.
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | Parklands | 1910s, 1920s, 1960s, early twenty–first century
Architect Louis Laybourne-Smith and sculptor George Rayner Hoff created a memorial that conveys the impact of the First World War
Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 2000-2010
South Australia became the first state in Australia to build a memorial for the First World War.
Historical Thing | By South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) | North Terrace | 1930s
This bust, sculpted in 2015 by South Australian artist Robert Hannaford, commemorates Professor William Bragg.
Historical Thing | By Alexander Parsons, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 2010s
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