Thursday, July 31, 2008

Where's the lawnmower man?

This car certainly got some attention; an effective way of advertising their artificial grass for sure.

My post on Tuesday showed a 'lawned' area. The grass is always green because it is not real. Not my cup of tea; I much prefer the real thing, even if in a dry summer it dies off a little.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - B for Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman is one of Australia's greatest sportsmen. His cricket career spanned 20 years. Although he was born in New South Wales and spent his childhood there, he spent his adult years in South Australia. He made his debut into first-class cricket at the Adelaide Oval when he was 19. Widely acclaimed as the best batsman ever, he accrued a batting average of 99.4 runs.

This monument to 'The Don' is near the front of the Adelaide Oval. In the background is St Peter's Cathedral where a memorial service was held in March 2001, one month after his death at the age of 92.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see other participants' contributions go to the ABC Wednesdays' site.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Rest spot

Located along a street alongside the railway line to the city is this privately maintained seat and garden area. I regularly ride past this and have notice its gradual development; interesting though - I have never seen anyone sitting here. Even in summer this grass is green, even with our water restrictions; can you guess why?

Monday, July 28, 2008

National Tree Day

Yesterday was National Tree Day, a community event organised by Planet Ark. Since its inception in 1996 more than 11.5 million native trees and shrubs have been planted throughout Australia by over 1.5 million volunteers.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Forgotten War

Today marked the end of the Korean War 55 years ago; an armistice was signed on 27th July 1953. Australian armed forces were part of a United Nations force . This memorial is located to the rear of the South Australian War Memorial on North Terrace.

This morning the community band I play in was involved in a memorial service at the Henley Town Hall.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Much of Adelaide's storm water flows along the Sturt Creek (a concrete drain). In the past this flowed into the Patawalonga and out to sea. A diversion has been made, the Barcoo Outlet, and much of the heavy polluted material is contained in a pond. From time to time this deposited sludge is scooped up and transported away.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bring on the rain

Winter in Adelaide - today it was 16 degrees C with a clear blue sky. I rode my bike to the Adelaide Airport to photograph the West Beach Bureau of Meteorology weather station.

Records here show that in July we have an average maximum temperature of 14.9 C and 59.9 mm of rain. We only have an average of 10.1 days with rain and on many of those days we only have a shower or two. So far this July we have only had 32mm rain; however the forecast for the next 5 days is for showers. Let's hope!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tour de France....down under

There is a growing interest in cycling as a sport in Adelaide; due in part to the success of our Tour Down Under and also to the achievements of Australian riders in International events.

At this time of year there are many weary eyed cycle enthusiasts who sit up and watch Le Tour de France. It is telecast here from 10 pm until the finish, well after midnight. Of course we are all cheering for Australia's Cadell Evans who held the yellow jersey for several days, and is a real contender for winning this year's event.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - A for Alberton

Alberton is a western suburb of Adelaide, a few kilometres from Port Adelaide. This is Alberton Primary School's original building; the one I sat in during my early school years.

When I went to school the overall school site was much different. A street ran past the front of the school, about where the goal posts are. The spot where I took this photo was private housing. We did not have a grassed playing field; for major events like our annual sports day we used the Alberton Oval, about a kilometre away across the Port Road.

Along the road to the left was the site of the Junior Primary School. This site now has new buildings and is the main administrative area for the current school, along with many of the classrooms.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see other participants' contributions go to the ABC Wednesdays' site.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Divett Chambers

The Divett Chambers built in 1881 for the Advertiser Newspapers, is yet another example of heritage buildings in Port Adelaide. This is a fine example of Gothic revival architecture.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Roll-on/Roll-off terminal

Another relic of bygone days in Port Adelaide is this purpose built facility for the Troubridge; a vessel that provided an essential link for freight, vehicles and passengers to Kangaroo Island.

The Troubridge commenced service in 1961 and continued until 1987 when it was replaced by the Island Seaway which itself was withdrawn from service in 1995. Now the only sea link to Kangaroo Island is a ferry that runs from Cape Jervis, 107 km south of Adelaide.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Port River Dolphin Cruises

Want a bargain priced cruise? This company run 2 hour promotional cruises on Sundays and public holidays for $3.50. There are at least thirty dolphins living in the Port River so there is a strong chance you will see one.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Falie

The Falie, built in Holland, began service in South Australia in 1923 as a coastal trading vessel. After retiring from service in 1982 she was bought by the SA Government and refurbished in time for the state's Jubilee 150 celebrations. She continued working as a tourist boat until 2005 when a marine survey found her unfit for service.

On a couple of occasions when I was teaching I took my class aboard for an exciting day's outing. It was both fun and educational; such a pity she has been retired.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Fireman memorial - George Anderson

The information for today's post was written by a friend, Ray, who knew I was featuring aspects of Port Adelaide on my blog. Thanks Ray.

Located in amongst many of the old memorial statues in the Cheltenham Cemetery is one of a very brave fireman, George James Alexander Anderson, who along with two other firemen tragically lost their lives when the munition ship, "The City of Singapore", exploded and caught fire on 26th April, 1924.

This lifesize, look-alike statue, tombstone and white tiled/marble edged grave site belonging to the much respected Portonian, was erected in his memory by contributions made by the citizens of Port Adelaide and surrounding districts. It was sculptured to exact detail from a family photograph, in Sweden, and on completion shipped out to Port Adelaide for erection.

Beneath the tiled surface, there are three coffins--two belonging to his parents, Jim and Kate Anderson, and his. It is not widely known, that enclosed in his coffin is a small silver trove containing only some of his remains (a few bones and dentures) recovered from the disaster scene.

To accommodate the weight of his statue and memorial stone are several ex-railway lines and steel reinforcements, strategically placed to prevent collapse or topple over.

On the day of his funeral, trading and business in Port Adelaide came to a standstill. It commenced with a memorial service in the capacity filled St Paul's Anglican Church (in St. Vincent Street Port Adelaide), then was followed by a two and a half hour walking entourage via Ocean Steamers Road to the Cheltenham Cemetery. Literally "hundreds of people" lined the route with many actually joining in the procession to pay their respects to the hero fireman. To this day, it was one of the biggest funerals ever celebrated in Port Adelaide's history.

In latter years, the location of the ship's fire led to the naming of one of the main Port River shipping docks as "Tragedy Dock".

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Adelaide Zoo - Meerkat

I couldn't resist posting this photo. This little fellow happily posed for me; so cute. The Meerkat belongs to the mongoose family and is native to southern Africa.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - Z for zebra

Nearly caught out today without a Z photo, this morning I zipped down to zap a photo of the Zest Health Clinic only to find it had been sold and the new name doesn't start with Z.

It is school holidays here, and we had planned to take our grand-daughters to the Zoo. Eureka - I now have a Z photo!

This is a Chapman's Zebra (Equus burchelli chapmani), native to open savannah grassland in southern Africa. They graze on short grass, leaves and shoots. Each zebra has its own unique pattern of stripes.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Black Diamond Corner

Before the advent of traffic lights this structure took pride of place at the intersection of Commercial Road and St Vincent Street in Port Adelaide.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Woolstore building

Another example of the historic buildings that have been preserved in Port Adelaide.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fishermen's wharf

Almost unused now, I remember this area in the past being a hive of activity where fishermen sold some of their catch to the public.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Another bridge at the Port

There are many old warehouses in Port Adelaide that once would have been full of items like wool, waiting to be shipped out. Many of these now are boarded up and empty.

Founded in South Australia in the mid 1800's Elder, Smith and Company became one of the World's largest wool sellers.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The new bridges at the Port

Here is the bridge I mentioned in yesterday's post. In fact there are two bridges here; road and rail. They are part of the Port River Expressway that connects our shipping port to the intra/interstate road and rail network.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Birkenhead Bridge

The Birkenhead Bridge has been providing access to Outer Harbour since 1940. The bridge opens in the middle to allow large ships to pass through. When this occured there were obviously lengthy traffic delays.

With the increasing use of the port facilities at Outer Harbour, there has been an ever increasing amount of heavy traffic through Port Adelaide. A new bridge is being built to bypass the city centre.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - Y for Yelta

Yelta was South Australia's last operational steam tug boat. Built in 1949, it ceased service in 1976 after a working life of 27 years. Now it is used for recreational river cruises and cocktail parties.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Port wharf redevelopment

This is part of a redevloped Port Adelaide wharf area. In bygone days there would have been ships tied up, loading and unloading their cargoes, and behind them were large storage sheds. The sheds have been replaced by waterfont apartments and ships docking here are used to transport people on scenic river cruises.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Camel ride

At the Navy on Show event at Glenelg on Saturday; camel rides are often offered at events like this. Camels were first imported into Australia as early as 1840, and were first used by explorers of outback Australia.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Navy Week

Pictured is an A109 helicopter at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg. On Saturday the Royal Australian Navy held a show as part of Navy Week in Adelaide. Numbers of visitors were low, probably due to the threatening inclement weather.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Searle's Boatyard

A casualty of progress! A river without boats? Whilst much has been done to retain the heritage of old buildings in the Port, the development across the river has earmarked this boatyard for closure.

Searle's boatyard has been in operation since 1911, but was meant to be vacated by the 30th June. The owner declared to fight the decision, and as of last Friday (4th July) when I took the photos, it appears that he is still there; I know not for how long.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Restoration work

This building was used as transport offices. The restoration worker told me that he has discovered three levels of lettering, but cannot quite work out the original. The last owner was George Wills and Company Limited.

The current owner is getting the building restored to its original state; removing paint and plaster. Work like this has been done on other buildings in the Port, enhancing the heritage feel of the city.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dockside Tavern

Built in 1898, the Dockside Tavern is one of Port Adelaide's numerous old pubs. This hotel replaced the Brittania Hotel that had been built on the site in 1850.

An SA icon is featured here; Coopers is a local brewer which commenced operations in 1862.

Of particular note on this splendid late Victorian building is the fine lace work on the verandah.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - X for Xylophone

This is Mr X playing a xylophone. I play saxophone in the Henley and Grange Concert Band, a community band, and a few weeks ago we purchased this new xylophone. Not really Mr X; Ben is one of our percussionists and he happily posed for the photo for me.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see links to other participants' sites go to mrs nesbitts place

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Custom House

Another heritage listed building in Port Adelaide, the old Custom House was built in 1879. This building is on the street just behind the river front wharf.