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Going to the Drive-In Pictures.

Ahhh…..those nights at the local drive-in! Remember how, as teenagers, there would be 6 of us crammed in the FJ or the Zephyr and one hiding in the boot, as we’d head off to the drive-in for some innocent fun and some hi-jinx and to watch a movie of course. Later, and a little older, it […]

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Kenny Peplow shared this photo; "Dad's FJ taxi (with water bag on the front) returns from a trip in the Flinders Ranges. As a kid where did your family take it's holidays?"

Childhood Memories of Those Motoring Holidays

Robert Verrall posted on the ARW Facebook page recently of some strong memories from his childhood years; “In the early 1970s we’d go to Edithburgh during holidays to stay with Nanna. She had the very first cottage you saw heading into the town. Easter was nearly always spent down there. My brother and I would […]

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Photo from. Trams line d up at the old Tram Barn in Angas Street

Remember When The Trams Ran Everywhere

ON March 12, 1954, the general manager of the Municipal Tramway Trust, Mr J.M. Keynes, released details of the new buses that were being introduced to replace trams in Adelaide. He added that the steps the MTT was taking to replace trams with fuel buses would “immeasurably improve the city’s transport service”. I’m reminded of […]

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Photo from Channel 9. Anne really got the town talking one hot night when she did the weather in her bikini.

Anne Wills. An Adelaide TV Legend.

The name Anne Wills is synonymous with Adelaide television. She began her career on ‘the box’ in 1965, just a few years after television started in Adelaide and has been either on our TV screens or some other media entertaining us for more than 40 years. Legend has it that it’s a career that might never […]

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Remember the Queen’s First Visit to Adelaide?

Who can forget the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s first visit back in 1954 when we welcomed the beautiful young queen and her handsome prince to Adelaide for the first time? Reports from The Advertiser on that day, March 18, 1954, estimated a crowd of some 200,000 people turned out for the start of her […]

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Photo shared by Steve Arnd from ARW Facebook. The old car park at the Glenelg beach, many a lost Saturday  night spent parking there.

Glenelg. The Beach From Our Youth

On a stinking hot summer’s day in Adelaide, before we were all air conditioned, there was one escape from the heat, the beach. We are blessed with many fine beaches along the coastline, but most people would head for ‘the bay’. A nice easy drive along Anzac Highway, and as you neared the end of […]

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Photo from the State Library of SA. Moore's Department Store on the corner of Gouger Street and Victoria Square in the 1970s. The building is now used by the Law Courts.

Moores on the Square

Moore’s on the Square was a magnificent department store known to two generations of Adelaideans and founded by Charles Moore, a businessman who was born in Ireland in 1858. According to Wikipedia “Moore’s opened in 1914, a new palatial store on the west side of Victoria Square between Grote and Grenfell Streets, designed by architects Garlick & Jackman. […]

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Photo from ARW Poster shows the stage with Daddy Cool performing and part of the 20,000 strong crowd

Adelaide’s Own Woodstock, The Myponga Pop Festival

It was held on a dairy farm on a hot summer’s long weekend in January 1971. In the quiet, sleepy town of Myponga south of Adelaide, thousands of music fans turned out for a three day long rock music festival that they say changed the Australian music scene forever. Inspired by the 1969 Woodstock concert […]

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Photo from Adelaide Now. You could feel the excitement in the air and you could hear the sound of the F1 cars right around the city!

Adelaide’s Great Race, The Grand Prix

There was a magical feeling in the air in Adelaide in late 1985 as the first Adelaide Grand Prix roared to life. That early November day was the culmination of years of planning and hard work going back to the early 1980s when businessman Bill O’Gorman originally came up with the idea of hosting a […]

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Photo from Screen Gems 1954 film promoting Adelaide to the rest of the world. This is the how the  Ferris wheel  looked from the street

Up On the Roof at Cox Foys

In the mid 50s Cox Foys opened a new department store in Rundle Street with a rooftop funfair for the kids. There was a giant Ferris wheel, train rides, a merry-go-round and other rides that mum would take us to as a treat after shopping in the city. Unfortunately very few photos remain of the […]

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