History of the Old Guv, 1849-1974.

Explanation: I have been asked what was the structure on the right hand side of the Old Guv, in the above picture (the one with the curved roof). After consulting Grant Hofmeyer, I have been told it was a railway shed and was termed Commodius Freight Accommodation by the Railways. Which means in plain English […]

“Double Cheese Toasted Sandwich.”

The Islington Railway Workshops in Adelaide were certainly full of characters and none more than Brian Cahill a staunch Union man who could eat the leg off a chair. During winter the Steel Car shop had a series of kerosene heaters that would roar away for most of the day and would attract cold workers […]

Balfours Tea Rooms, Adelaide.

The name Balfours has been associated with Adelaide for more than a century. For many baby boomers the name brings back memories of a trip to ‘town’ with mum or grandma and a lunch in the tea rooms that remained a fixture in the city until 2004, although it had been sold by Balfours in […]

The Pubs of Port Adelaide.

The Port of Adelaide, which was proclaimed in 1837, shares this distinction particularly when the first settlers arrived and sought refreshment and relaxation after many months cooped up in small areas below the decks of slow sailing vessels. As with any port, alcoholic beverages were in demand by the free immigrants from the United Kingdom […]

Hidden Emotions of the Modern Man.

Photo: Darren Smith is photographed for Karen Waller’s Vulnerable exhibition to break down the myth that real men do not show emotion. (Supplied: Karen Waller) by Brett Williamson In her latest exhibition, Vulnerable, Adelaide photographer Karen Waller has captured the often unseen emotional side of modern men. Her photographs capture South Australian men dealing with […]

‘Pole Sitting’ in Adelaide, circa 1950s.

When I was 12 years old my Dad would regularly take me down to the Henley Beach Square at Henley Beach (a seaside suburb of Adelaide). There I would stand open mouthed, staring upwards at the grown up adults sitting on top of poles. They were crazy, but why did they do it? Evidently, pole […]

The Capri Theatre, Adelaide has been operating since 1941.

The Capri Theatre was opened in 1941 as the New Goodwood Star Theatre. It was built by RJ Nurse and designed by architect Mr Chris Smith (Architect). The Theatre’s architectural style is art deco/modern. This style is highlighted by the curvaceous lines, circles and semi-circles, a feature of the Capri and of the 1940’s architectural […]

Adelaide’s Weekend Newspaper “The Mail.”

The Mail was founded in 1912 by Clarence Moody. Moody initially set up three newspapers – the Sporting Mail, Saturday Mail and the Mail. The first two titles lasted only two years and five years respectively. The Mail went into liquidation in late 1914. Ownership passed briefly to George Annells and Frank Stone, and then […]

The Early Days of the Holden, Woodville Plant.

1856 – Holden Saddlery opens. James Alexander Holden opened his Holden saddlery in Adelaide and quickly became a reputable manufacturer of horse saddles, harnesses and equipment. The company supplied equestrian equipment in the Boer War. It gradually began to change its focus to manufacturing vehicle hardware. In 1887 James’s son Henry James Holden took over […]

The Peterborough Times Print Museum.

Photo: Ray Belt instructs Peter Plowman on the technical aspects of  running the Heidelberg Cylinder. Our trip to see the “Petersburg Times Print Museum” in the South Australian country town of Peterborough was a huge success. Why was it called the “Petersburg Times?” The paper was started in the nineteenth century at a time when […]