Historical

 

Port Elliot - Some Fun Facts!

It’s no wonder so many of us love Port Elliot, a seaside town with great cafes, funky shops and stunning Horseshoe Bay. Grant Cameron gives us an historical tour of this lovely little town.

Coffee Palaces of Adelaide's Past

Grant Cameron takes a look back at our city’s impressive Coffee Palaces.

A Story of St Mary's

Grant Cameron takes a look at this suburb, now a far cry from the days of old when it was home to fields of wheat, grapes, olives and almonds!

The Cedars - Hans Heysen's Studio

Rosanna Mangiarelli gives us a hint of some grand plans to preserve Heysens heritage at the Cedars.

The Exhibition Building - Adelaide's Lost Landmark

Grant Cameron tells the story of our Exhibition Building; a landmark that once stood proudly on our cultural boulevard North Terrace, now lost forever.

State Library: Call For History!

The State Library has an appraisal meeting every week to go through all of the donations that come in. Grant Cameron joins them to look at some of their treasures they’ve managed to save.

A Quirky Collection: Curious Images of SA

Grant Cameron takes a poke around our State Library and finds a rather quirky collection of photographs from around South Australia.

SANFL Footy Trivia

We wonder how many answers you’ll know in Grant Cameron’s SANFL footy history trivia challenge?! So, why not test yourself to see how well you know our local footy?

Rundle Mall's 40th Birthday

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the history of Rundle Mall

A Short History of the Mortlock Wing

Grant Cameron tells the page turning tale of how the The Mortlock Wing of the State Library came to be.

Camp Jubilee - Spanish Flu Central!

Grant Cameron investigates the story of Adelaide’s answer to a quarantine quandary – the arrival of the Spanish Flu Pandemic just after the end of the First World War.

Adelaide Town Hall - 150 Years

As the Adelaide Town Hall celebrates 150 years, Grant Cameron takes a look back at this significant city landmark.

Meet Me at Stumps Corner

Grant Cameron tells the forgotten tale of a popular meeting spot - Stump's Corner!

Tuna Pole Fishing Onboard the Tacoma

Briony Hume meets Ross Haldane who’s been around the MVF Tacoma most of his life. He gives Briony a tour of the vessel and an impromptu lesson in Tuna Pole Fishing!

Hotel Elizabeth - Tales of the 'Lizzie'

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the old Hotel Elizabeth on Phillip Highway.

A Short History of East Terrace

Have you ever wondered why all the other major terraces are straight, but East Terrace Zig-zags its way from one end to the other? Grant Cameron takes a look back at the history of East Terrace through the ages.

Auldana

Grant Cameron discovers the story behind some old stone cellars from an early winery known as Auldana.

Colonel Light - Founder of Adelaide?

Grant Cameron looks back at the legend surrounding the final site choice for the City of Adelaide and it seems most of us only know part of the story.....

Robert George Thomas: A Squirrel's Tale

Grant Cameron tells the tale of Robert George Thomas, a Civil Engineer and Architect

A Look at Summer Holidays Past!

Grant Cameron takes a look back at summer holidays past and our long held love affair with the beach.

Imperial Airways Seaplane Tour

Grant Cameron takes a look back at a film taken in 1938 of a flying boat belonging to Imperial Airways, the forerunner to British Airways.

Wartime Recycling

Grant Cameron takes a look back to when Australian children pitched in for a wartime effort.

Cheer Up Hut

Grant Cameron reflects on the memories of a riverside refuge from wartime years – The Cheer up Hut.

The Legacy of August Pelzer

Grant Cameron tells the tale of a long lasting legacy and the man who left his mark on our city parks.

Surprising City Secrets

Grant Cameron unearths some more surprising secrets of our city.

A Short History of Adelaide's Airports

The days of planes and paddocks, Grant Cameron takes a look back at Adelaide’s early Airports.

A Brief History of the Menz Company

Grant Cameron finds a fascinating old publicity film made for the Menz Biscuit Factory in the 1930's.

North Terrace East - Our Cultural Boulevard

Grant Cameron continues his tale of North Terrace past and present with his fascinating look at the eastern end.

Royal Adelaide Show

With the Royal Adelaide Show about to start Grant Cameron takes a look back at an old film of the 1936 State Centennial Exhibition.

City Secrets 2015

Grant Cameron sheds some light on some little known facts about our great city.

The wild days of North Terrace West

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the great divide – the wild days of North Terrace West.

The Heads of Town Hall

If you’re one of the thousands of people who walk or drive past the Adelaide Town Hall every day you may have spotted some of the historic building’s more unusual ornaments- a collection of heads!

A Short History of Reynella

Grant Cameron looks back at the history of Reynella- and the family after whom it is named - the Reynells.

A History of River Torrens Industries

Grant Cameron takes a look back in time and discovers how important a role the River Torrens played in the development of the city we love today.

Our Many John Hills

Grant Cameron tells the curious tale of three men who have a couple of things in common…one…they’ve all been airbrushed from our history… …they were all called John Hill!

Train Memories of Adelaide

Grant Cameron looks back to a time when our red hens were right on track

Gardens of Rememberance

Michael Keelan catches up with Kent Williams from the Adelaide City Council at our magnificent Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens to find out how things are shaping up for this very special Anzac Day.

Anzac Day Centenary

In this, the centenary year of the battle that gave birth to the legend of the Anzacs, Grant Cameron takes a look back at how South Australians have marked this important day over the years.

Christmas Time on Rundle Street

Grant Cameron takes a look at the history of decorating our public spaces at Christmas Time.

Adelaide's Lost Cinemas

Grant Cameron takes a nostalgic look back at Adelaide’s Lost Cinemas, our unique and often glamorous picture houses from the past.

A History of Kangaroo Island Ferry Services

Grant Cameron takes a look back at passenger services that weren’t as successful as the SeaLink operation which runs to Kangaroo Island today.

Adelaide- Then and Now

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the march of time across the Adelaide landscape.

More of Adelaide's Secrets!

Grant Cameron looks back at a number of interesting ‘secret’ stories from our cities past – including the day an Adelaide suburb was bombed by eggs and beer!

Captain Collet Barker

Grant Cameron tells the sad tale of one of our trailblazing explorers – Captain Collet Barker…. Of the Mount Barker fame.

Great SANFL Grand Finals in History

Grant Cameron takes a look back at some historic SANFL games – including the last grand final played at Adelaide Oval in 1973 -many say it was the best ever.

South Australian 'Firsts'

Grant Cameron takes a fun look back to when some things appeared in Adelaide for the very first time.

Royal Adelaide Show -175 Years

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the history of one of Adelaide’s favourite events for families- the Royal Adelaide Show!

Golden years of Holden

Grant Cameron takes a look back to the early days when it was ‘hands on’ at Holden.

Sir Hubert Wilkins

From the Mid North to the North Pole, Grant Cameron takes a look back at the story of an amazing adventurer that many South Australians may have never have even heard of… Sir Hubert Wilkins.

South Australia's Castles

Grant Cameron takes a look at some interesting buildings around Adelaide and the suburbs… from grand designs to lost landmarks.

The 'Calvert Panorama' Etching

Grant Cameron takes a closer look at the Calvert Panorama, an amazing etching which shows Adelaide in 1876.

History Week- Adelaide Homebuilders' Club

Grant Cameron looks at the South Australian Homebuilders Club Inc, whose members between1945 and 1965 pitched in and helped each other realise the great Australian dream.

A History of Oakbank

Oakbank and Easter, the two have been synonymous in South Australia for more than 135 years. Grant Cameron takes a look back at the early days of the Oakbank Racing Carnival.

National Railway Museum

Pete Michell takes a trip to the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide.

The History Of The SANFL

Grant Cameron takes a look back on the history of the SANFL and shares some interesting photos and stories.

Election Day History

As we get ready to vote once again for South Australia’s political future, Grant Cameron takes a look back at some of the men on both sides of politics have led us in the past.

Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours - Old Tailem Town

Pete Michell joins local Author and Paranormal Investigator, Alison Oborn on a ‘Haunted Horizons’ ghost tour around Australia’s largest pioneer village- Old Tailem Town!

Adelaide Oval - The Bradman Collection

Grant Cameron calls in to the Adelaide Oval to check out the brand new home of The Bradman Collection.

The Santa Circuit

Grant Cameron takes a look at Adelaide’s Santa Circuit in our countdown to Christmas!

South Australia's Surf Lifesaving History

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the early years of Surf Lifesaving in South Australia.

The Coorong: Road to Riches!

Grant Cameron investigates how this section of the Princes Highway came to be and the stories of those who followed…for many it became the road to riches.

State Secrets of Adelaide

Grant Cameron uncovers more secrets about our State!

John Ednie Brown

Grant Cameron tells the story of John Ednie Brown; one of South Australia’s first “Greenies”. Brown was an innovative man who developed Forestry in South Australia’s mid north.

Historical Riverland Tales

Grant Cameron presents a story from around every bed - Riverland Tales takes us on an historical journey down the River Murray.

Darian Smith

Grant Cameron takes a closer look at the work of Douglas Darian Smith…one of the wonderful pioneering photographers whose images help to illustrate our State’s evolution and history.

Kangaroo Island Through Time

The raw natural beauty of Kangaroo Island was delighting and inspiring intrepid adventurers long before Jet-setting International travellers discovered its charms. Grant Cameron takes a look back at Kangaroo Island in time - what’s changed and wha

Adelaide City Streets

Grant Cameron meets Adelaide Writer Lance Campbell. Together with photographer Mick Bradley, who has spent three years photographing Adelaide, Lance has produced “City Streets Progressive Adelaide 75 years on”. Lance and Mike have created a

Her Majesty's Theatre 100th Birthday

Grant Cameron takes a look back at a century of live entertainment in Adelaide as Her Majesty’s Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday.

Adelaide's City Squares

The symmetry and sense of Colonel Light’s plan for Adelaide created one of the world’s most beautiful, functional and easy-to-live in cities. Grant Cameron takes a closer look at Light’s plan for the city of Adelaide and in particular

Port Lincoln: Axel Stenross

The history of SA was determined at a meeting that was held in a tent pitched near the Patawalonga. It was Light versus Hindmarsh, the site of Adelaide versus the site of Port Lincoln. Grant Cameron takes a look back at what could have been if SA’s

Old Willunga Railway

As work continues on the rail line from Noarlunga Centre to Moana, there are plenty of older locals who may well be watching proceedings with a sense of déjà vu…. Because they remember when a train line ran down that way once before. Grant Cam

Moonta Miner's Cottage

On the outskirts of Moonta you’ll find an authentic Miners Cottage which is run by the National Trust. It’s full of memorabilia and history but it also has a very interesting garden.

Yorke's Surfing Culture

Grant Cameron travels to Daly Head, now a National Surfing Reserve in search of surfing stories from the past. A highlight of this story is some excellent Surf Archival footage courtesy of Kym Morton.

Breakout Creek

Grant Cameron tells some tales of our River Torrens and the area known as Breakout Creek that runs from Lockleys through to the mouth at West Beach, and discovers that the original River Torrens never made it to the sea!

Blinman Heritage Mine

Grant Cameron uncovers some tales from an underground mine in Blinman, a delightful little tourist town which owes its name - and life - to a man with a wooden leg and a keen eye.

Fleurieu over the Years

One of South Australia’s most favourite family playgrounds, Victor Harbor even hosted Australian Grand Prix in 1936. Grant Cameron looks back on the fascinating history of the Fleurieu Peninsula and brings to light some wonderful old film of holi

Adelaide City Secrets

When you spend your lifetime growing up in one place, you think you know it pretty well but as we’ve discovered over the past two years, give history a shake and you never know what’s going to come to the surface. Grant Cameron’s be

Murray Bridge - the Town, the River and the Bridge itself

Grant Cameron digs up some quirky facts about Murray Bridge the town, the Murray River and the actual Murray Bridge itself.

About Time - South Australia's History Festival

With SA History month just around the corner Grant Cameron takes a look at the program and with more than 500 events programmed its set to be one of the largest community festivals in the state.

Looking back on Carols By Candlelight

Grant Cameron takes us back in time to the earliest carols concerts and finds that while the haircuts and fashions have changed, the magic of Carols by Candlelight still remains.

Adelaide's Suburban Beaches - Then and Now

Grant Cameron takes a look at some wonderful archival footage of our suburban beaches to see how they’ve changed (and also stayed the same) over the decades!

Our Barrages

Grant Cameron looks back at the building of the Barrages near Goolwa .

Murray River Cruising 1940's style!

Grant Cameron takes a look at some fascinating historic footage which provides a glimpse back through time of our iconic Murray River.

Nellie the Elephant

Grant Cameron meets Nellie the mechanical Elephant…a darling of our annual Christmas Pageants for more than 60 years.

The South Australian Film Corporation turns 40!

It’s been 40 years since the Dunstan Government created the South Australian Film Corporation.

Glass Plate Restoration

Grant Cameron spends the day with Toby Woolley a Digital Reformatting Specialist, who now thanks to digital technology can obtain the best possible images from antique negatives.

Islington Railway Workshops

Grant Cameron looks back to a time when Adelaide was on the world map of engineering and manufacturing excellence because of the Islington Railway Workshops.

West Lakes

Grant Cameron takes a look back at a very interesting promotional film that was made to convince people to buy into Adelaide’s newest suburb of the time – West Lakes.

Flower Day

Grant Cameron showcases some wonderful old film which looks back at a time when local communities and homeowners took up the challenge to grow and provide flowers for a brilliant annual display.

Our Parklands

Grant Cameron takes a closer look at our parklands, the oldest 'set apart' and 'dedicated' public parklands in the world!

The Royal Adelaide Show

We’re getting close to the event that has shaped our future, reflected our journey and given us hours of pleasure - The Royal Adelaide Show.

Coastal Storms

Grant Cameron takes a look back at some of the big storms that have lashed our coastline over the last century and reveals some rarely-seen footage from our State Library archives.

Rallies and Regattas

Grant Cameron takes a nostalgic look back at two favourite community events from the past: The Birdman Rally and the Milk Carton Regatta. Years later, these wild and wacky events still hold a special place in the hearts of many South Australians.

150 Years of the Metropolitan Fire Service

Grant Cameron takes a look back at 150 years of the Metropolitan Fire Service.

Symons Library now open

The State Library on North Terrace has just opened the doors to one of its best-kept secrets. Grant Cameron has a look through the personal library of the only person in South Australia to be appointed a Government Minister before being elected to parliam

Martindale Hall - A fascinating History

What was the behind the thinking that transplanted an English mansion to such a remote rural location? Grant Cameron discovers that Martindale Hall was in fact the Playboy Mansion of its era!

When the Queen comes to town...

To mark the Diamond Jubilee Grant Cameron reflects on Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with Adelaide and her past visits here.

That Morialta Magic!

Grant Cameron takes a look at a 1935 promotion film for one of our prime local tourist locations…Morialta!

Remembering 'The News'

Grant Cameron takes a look back at ‘The News’ – and reflects on his onetime employer!

More Lost Suburbs!

Grant Cameron takes a closer look at the Adelaide 1936 Gregory’s Street Directory. For history lovers like Grant, an old directory is like a portal to times and stories that many have forgotten…and others don’t know!

Heritage Highlights Walking Tour - West Terrace Cemetery

Peter Michell heads to The West Terrace Cemetery, one of the oldest operating cemeteries in Australia, to experience the new Heritage Highlights Trail: a self-guided amble through SA’s early history.

The Titanic Exhibition: Voyage of the Century

Grant Cameron takes a look at the new Titanic Exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide and uncovers some more tales of this legendary ship.

SALife and Times - South Australia's first ANZAC Memorial

We uncover the interesting story behind South Australia’s first Anzac memorial.

SALife and Times - Jimmy Melrose - the tragic tale of a forgotten air ace

We’ve done a pretty reasonable job of honouring our pioneer pilots who flew through uncharted skies into the pages of history – however today we investigate the tragic tale of one forgotten air ace.

SALife and Times Special - Loveday

Grant opens a fascinating chapter in the history of the Riverland. Loveday was one of about 20 towns around the country where special camps were built during the Second World War to hold Australian residents from Italy, Germany and Japan who were thought

SALife and Times Special - Henley Beach

Grant looks back at the history of Henley Beach during its heyday at the turn of the last century. We take a closer look at this popular seaside suburb and its transformation over the last 100 years.

SALife and Times Special - Rowley Park Speedway

For tens and thousands of South Australians for almost 30 years, Friday night was speedway night at Rowley Park! At the time it was considered as not just one of the best speedways in country but one of the best in the world.

John McDouall Stuart - the 150th Anniversary

Grant Cameron presents a tribute to a trailblazing explorer - John McDouall Stuart on the 150th anniversary of his epic inland journey from Adelaide to just east of the present site of Darwin today.

Lost films from a local hero - Jimmy Melrose

Last year Grant Cameron told the tale of the short and daring life of Adelaide Air Ace Jimmy Melrose. During his research, Grant discovered that a favourite past-time for the young pilot was film photography. The Melrose film collection is held by the

Historic Christmas Snapshots

Looking back through the SA Library Archives, Grant Cameron ponders South Australian Memories Of Christmas Past. Old photographs and film tell stories of changing fashion, tradition and culture, but one thing which hasn’t changed is our love of sp

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun is one of the countries most recognised symbols…Grant Cameron digs around in the history vaults and finds some interesting facts about it’s past.

South Australia's Protector

Grant Cameron tells the story of the Protector. Back in the days before federation, the colonies needed to protect their borders. In the 1880’s South Australia decided it needed a Navy. In 1884 it arrived in the form of one vessel, the Protector.

Forgotten Hero of the Skies: Aviator Jimmy Melrose

We’ve done a pretty reasonable job of honouring our pioneer pilots who flew through uncharted skies into the pages of history, but Grant Cameron investigates the tragic tale of one forgotten air ace.

Playgrounds around Town

Grant Cameron channels his inner child as he takes a nostalgic look at Adelaide’s Glover Playground, our city’s first custom-built playground, opened on South Terrace on a sunny spring day in 1918.

The Historic South Australian Hotel

Whenever people talk about buildings that have disappeared from our city, it isn’t long before someone mentions ‘The South Australian Hotel’ that use to stand on North Terrace.

The Glen Osmond Tollgate

Grant Cameron tells the tale of one of the most well-known buildings from our past - the Toll Gate at Glen Osmond.

Loveday

Grant Cameron opens a fascinating chapter in the history of the Riverland. Loveday was one of about 20 towns around the country where special camps were built during the Second World War to hold Australian residents from Italy, Germany and Japan who were

Popular in the Past: Maypole Dancing

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the popular dance that was widely taught in Australian schools prior to the 1950’s- Maypole dancing.

East End Grand Hotels

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the lost Grand Hotels of Adelaide. From the York to the Grand Central and Tavistock Hotel – unfortunately now only memories and a few photos of these once impressive hotels remain!

Swimming in the River Torrens

Grant Cameron dips his big toe into the history of the River Torrens…back to a time before the days of the family car, council pools and algal bloom, when the river was the only place to have a swim in summer if you lived anywhere near the city!

The State Library of South Australia - App!

Most of us are so busy when we go to the city that we barely have time to look up…but imagine if you could go to the city and look back! Well now, thanks to the State Library embracing Smart Phone technology - we can.

Adelaide City Baths

Grant Cameron takes a nostalgic look back at our city baths. The Adelaide City Baths were located at the current Festival Centre Plaza site and in their day were considered to be one of the best in the world.

Top of Taps!

Grant Cameron contrasts an old photo of the ’Top of Taps’ (the original gateway to the Southern Fleurieu) with the modern Hotel and busy thoroughfare this area of South Road is today.

The Adelaide Observatory!

The effects of our changing climate have bought a focus to the weather like never before…but in the early days of South Australia, it wasn’t the climate that was deemed to be important - it was the stars!

Adelaide Might Have Beens!

Grant Cameron takes a nostalgic look at Adelaide’s “Might Have Beens” from the MATS plan, to the Monarto Satellite city, the Mount Lofty Cable Car, and the MFP, all where major and ultimately doomed plans for our city.

Waterfall Gully - The First National Pleasure Resort in SA!

Grant Cameron takes a look back at the history of Waterfall Gully. The State Government reclaimed the land in 1912 and declared Waterfall Gully the first national pleasure resort in South Australia.

Rowley Park Speedway

Grant Cameron takes a nostalgic trip back to Rowley Park. For tens and thousands of South Australians for almost 30 years, Friday night was speedway night at Rowley Park! At the time it was considered as not just one of the best speedways in country but

The Original Stretch Limo - the Charabanc

Grant Cameron investigates the story behind the original stretch limo! The Charabanc, an open top vehicle that was common in Europe early last century and graced the streets of Adelaide for close to 30 years.

Lost Suburbs!

Grant Cameron investigates the lost suburbs of Adelaide. Suburbs such as Knoxville, Knightsbridge, Shoreham and St. Leonards were all featured in Adelaide’s 1936 Gregory’s street directory. Grant looks at how Adelaide’s streetscape h

The Snake Park and Koala Farm

Grant Cameron investigates the story of Adelaide’s Snake Park. From 1927 to 1960 thousands of people flocked to a corner of the parklands that was hopping with Kangaroos, Koalas and Snakes!

The Zeta - South Australia's own Sports Car

SA Life Magazine this month features a story on the Zeta - South Australia’s own sports car. Grant Cameron gets the chance to get behind the wheel of this little car with a big story.

Carrick Hill - Those who served

Grant Cameron investigates what life was like for those who served at Carrick Hill last century. As you would expect, the day to day routine was quite formal and structured. Around a dozen people were available at any one time to keep things running smoot

South Australia's first ANZAC Memorial

Grant Cameron looks at the interesting story behind South Australia’s first Anzac memorial.

Wonga Shoal Lighthouse

Grant Cameron investigates the fascinating story of an Adelaide lighthouse that once was.

Lights Vision

Grant Cameron investigates the fascinating story on how Colonel Light’s statue made its way to Montefiore Hill.

Adelaide's Lost Churches

Grant Cameron investigates Adelaide’s Lost Churches and how it may be finally time to put to bed Adelaide’s reputation as the city of churches.

Historic Henley Beach

Grant Cameron looks back at the history of Henley Beach during its heyday at the turn of the last century. We take a closer look at this popular seaside suburb and its transformation over the last 100 years.