18th of Blaugust – O – Old Photos of Adelaide

I get absolutely fascinated by these sorts of photos. I love to try to picture in my mind exactly where they were taken and then get gobsmacked as to how much has changed.

This one was taken in 1880 and is of King William Street looking south. You can see the Town Hall to your left (without a clock) and the GPO to your right. I believe that glass ANZ building would be where that building with the weird looking tower is today.

This is one of Bee Hive corner back also in 1880 where Rundle Mall would meet with King William Street today. No dome with a bee on it here. It’s actually the name of a drapery shop. The current Beehive building would be built just five years later.

Here is another one from 1880 of Victoria Square. If you find old maps of Adelaide you’d find that Victoria Square was not originally diamond shaped. It was laid out like the other four squares in the city. King William Street went straight through the middle as Grote Street and Wakefield Street met in the middle. I wonder what they call that little bit of road that goes through the middle of Victoria Square? Technically it should be neither Grote Street or Wakefield Street as “no one shall cross the path of a monarch!” That’s why all the streets change name when they meet King William. It’s also why King William Street is renamed as it gets to both North and South Terrace. They aren’t crossing King William Street as the street ends with a new one starting on the other side.

This is of the Institute Building back in 1875 located on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. Today it is now joined as part of the State Library for a while it used to house an Exibit of things belonging to Sir Donald Bradman. Speaking of cricket in Adelaide…

1933 was when this photo was taken of the infamous Bodyline Test at Adelaide Oval where a record high crowd for Cricket at the ground was set at 50,962. That record has been in place for so long and is probably set to be toppled now that the ground has been redeveloped. It was apparently taken from the top of the heritage listed scoreboard. Can you believe someone proposed we take that scoreboard away? Considering you can no longer see St Peters Cathedral anymore, it’s one of the few original parts left and would be a shame to loose. But to be fair, you do have to squint to read what it from the Riverbank Stand.

This was taken in 1927 one year before the current Adelaide Railway Station was complete. It wasn’t until the mid eighties when what is now known as the Intercontinental Hotel and the Adelaide Convention Centre was built over the top of the platforms. Before then, all the platforms were out in the open. Who knows where the photographer was standing when this was taken. I like to think he’d be somewhere in hall H near where we had the LAN area at AVCon.

Outside the CBD now. This was taken in approximately 1956 in the Goodwood Road Underpass at Millswood. And yes, that is a tram going right through it. The Metropolitan Tramways Trust painted their H class trams silver back then to make them look similar to the busses they were also running at the time. That’s how our busses came to be silver all the way up to the 90’s and early 2000’s. This tram was on the Colonel Light Gardens line which used to stop on Springbank Road.

So there is my little history lesson for you all. Hopefully you’re almost as fascinated as I am (or curious at the least).

4th of Blaugust – C – Community

Whenever I talk about Adelaide I always seem to be met with a certain attitude. You know that one. The one that says Adelaide is boring. The one that says nothing ever seems to happen around here. The one that says everyone knows each other because we’re so small.
I will agree with you about everyone knowing each other. I see Adelaide as one giant pretzel when it comes to knowing each other. But that doesn’t mean that Adelaide is dead. Sure, the shops close early but stuff happens around here a lot more than you might think. You just need to know where to look. I thought I’d go through some of Adelaide’s clubs, groups and hangouts that I know about so that you can never complain about being bored in Adelaide again.
How many if you are into gaming? Well, if you’re in the city on a Friday then you can head down to EVAC. The “Extremely Versatile Acronym Club” might be a bit of a misleading title, but it is a group dedicated to video games, card games, board games and Japanese Mahjong. It meets in the Harry Medlin North Room in the Adelaide Universities Union House from 4PM until 8PM every Friday. Although it is a University club anyone is welcome to attend. You can just bring yourself or you can also bring your gaming console. We have some CRTs and 1080p screens to accommodate for you. Afterward most people then travel down to the food court of the Central Market for some affordable yet incredibly tasty meals.
Taking the board game approach a bit further, the Adelaide Board Game Group meet up every Monday at the German Club from 6PM to 9PM. Entry is just a gold coin donation to cover the venue hire. The kitchen is also open so you can play euro games and eat Schnitzels! I don’t believe the club has an inventory of games but everyone collectively brings enough for everyone to play. I’ve only been to two of these last year, but I might consider going back now that I have some free time. The only problem is that nobody I know that well enough attends these things. But you never know what could happen.
Another community I have yet to attend are the Streetgeek LAN Parties. But I do know a lot of people who are involved in them. They meet once every month at the Colonel Light Gardens Uniting Church. The main reason is that I don’t do a huge amount of PC gaming. But then again, they also have a console area too so I probably shouldn’t use that as an excuse.
Here is one I only came across on Saturday night. Are you into retro arcade machines and Pinball? If so then you I must tell you about Gameroom Essentials. They do up and sell arcade and pinball machines. But most Saturday nights they have a lock in where you pay $25 and can play everything to your hearts content from 7PM until midnight. I haven’t seen a collection this big or satisfying since Magic Mountain closed down. You do have to check on their website in advance though as they might have hired the place out for a party in which case there will be no lock-in that week.
Are you into game development? If so then ARGGGH: Adelaide’s Really Good Gathering of Game Developers meet up on the second Tuesday of every month at the Goodie Hotel where you can mingle with developers and other great people in Adelaide’s gaming industry. It’s all pretty informal so you can just rock up and have a few beers if you wish or even order a Schnitzel. Even if you’re not a developer you’re still welcome and I highly recommend that you do.
A really awesome group of people are the guys that run Retrospekt. It started as a retro gaming website where you can catch the latest news on all thing to do with retro gaming but has expanded to include some great events that they run including the Retrospekt Museum at AVCon, the Super Video Game Trivia Challenge and their Joypad music and gaming nights. Unfortunately Joypad is currently on hiatus, as we need a new venue. So if you know of somewhere suitable then please let up know so we can crank up the awesome again.
Jumping out of the Gaming realm and into Adelaide’s Anime community. Do you want to watch Anime on a big screen? Perhaps you want to discuss all things Anime. Well AJAS, the Adelaide Japanese Anime Society meet up every Tuesday night from 6PM to 9PM in the Centenary Building of the UniSA City Wast campus. It seems to be more popular nowadays to just turn up and talk about Anime then it is to actually go into the lecture theatre and watch anything. Which is a bit bizarre but still lots of fun. I may have transformed this group into a beginner Japanese Mahjong club as well. Afterward everyone goes to the Hungry Jacks on the corner of Pultney and Rundle street to complain about how bad the service is and debate about things. My suggestion is to ask Barron how his job is going.
In the end I guess community is what you make it. You could sit at home complaining that nothing happens in Adelaide or you could get out there and start something. AVCon only had 200 people at its first event and now it’s pushing closer to 20,000. That only shows that the people are definitely out there. So come out and have some fun and be part of our community. I guarantee you won’t regret it.