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Photo courtesy of Mark Foy; "Here is a picture of My Mum at the Mr Whippy Van outside of our house in Pratt Avenue Pooraka in the very late 50's or very early 60's - It must have been summer and near Christmas looking at the advertising on the van. This before Pooraka was developed and was largely farms and paddocks"

When Mr Whippy Played Greensleeves

On a hot Sunday evening in Adelaide, back in the 1960s and 70s, the street would suddenly fill with the music of “Greensleeves” and from every house, kids would rush out to buy an ice cold soft serve ice cream. Dipped, sprinkled or plain, it was the highlight of the weekend! The original Mr Whippy […]

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Bread delivery by horse and cart. We are the last generation to witness horse and cart deliveries

More Memories of Deliveries by Horse and Cart.

Following the recent Boomer article in the Advertiser about bread deliveries by horse and cart (, many readers wrote in with their own memories of other home deliveries by similar means. We are possibly the last generation in Adelaide who will have such memories to share. By the time my own children arrived, the era […]

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Photo from Google Images. Served in coloured anodised cups, milkshakes were really cold, and if you drank them too fast you'd get "brain freeze".

Off to the Local Deli for a Milkshake.

As a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, do you remember going to the deli or corner shop with a mate after school, or as a teenager with a group of other teenagers, just for a milkshake? I’m not sure where the milkshake stands today in social culture but back then it was […]

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Photo from the City of Playford. The Octagon was designed to cater for any type of entertainment from stage shows, balls and cabarets to indoor sports.

Great Pop Groups, Blue Light Discos and More!

One of the most popular posts featured on the Adelaide Remember When Facebook page early last year concerned the Octagon and Shedley Theatres at Elizabeth. It attracted thousands of views and likes and almost 500 comments, as people recalled their past experiences and reminisced about the early days of Elizabeth and the good times had […]

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Photo from The Curiosity Show.  The programme  introduced  children to science, using do-it-yourself experiments with household items like matchsticks, rubber bands and cardboard.

“Well, I’m Glad You Asked”

Remember coming home from school to watch The Curiosity Show on Channel 9? Well, I’m glad you asked! The Curiosity Show was an educational children’s TV programme made here in Adelaide and produced from 1972 to 1990. It was hosted by zoologist Rob Morrison and scientist Deane Hutton and the formula was simple; introduce children to science, […]

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The Adelaide concert was made even more memorable by the fact that it was Bowie's first ever show in the Southern Hemisphere, the first open air gig of the tour and first large scale outdoor concert Bowie had ever played.

Adelaide Oval and the David Bowie Concert, 1978

With the Rolling Stones due to hit the stage tomorrow night for what is sure to be a massive concert at the Adelaide Oval, who can recall one of the other most memorable concerts ever held there, in 1978? David Bowie’s concert on November 11th that year was made more even memorable by the fact […]

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Photo from a recent eBay advertisement. After the brick came the tins and then the plastic containers of our favourite ice cream Amscol

“It’s a Food, Not a Fad”

Whenever the word ‘Amscol’ is mentioned to an Adelaide raised baby boomer, their eyes glaze over and they seem to drift off with sweet memories of hot summers and an ice cream cone at the beach, an Eskimo Pie at the pictures or the special ‘once-a-week’ luxury of a slice of Amscol ice cream from […]

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The decade of peace, love and rock'n'roll.

The 60s, The Decade That Rocked.

If ever a decade could be described as one of change, it was the 1960s. It was the era of the Cold and Vietnam wars, and Australia was changing economically and culturally. As the excitement of the rock’n’roll music of the ’50s began to dim, the world discovered the sounds of four lads from Liverpool, […]

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