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George the orangutan with his hessian bag and Australian Rules footy.

George and Friends at the Adelaide Zoo.

Remember when we referred to George as a gorilla? George was an orang-utan and was always one of the most popular animals at the zoo, but growing up as kids, we always talked about him as a gorilla. He was a real character whose favourite possessions were his old hessian bag and an Australian Rules […]

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Photo thanks to 'Down Memory Lane With Noel O'Connor'. Driver Bob Wente takes the chequered flag at Rowley Park Speedway. And is that a young Glen Dix

More Memories of the “Pughole”

Following my column in the Advertiser ‘Boomer’ magazine recently on Rowley Park Speedway, Advertiser photographer Barry O’Brien wrote in to the paper with his own memories of “those adrenalin-pumping nights at the dirt track”. Barry started photographing Rowley Park, also known as “the pughole”,  for the newspaper in 1958 and attended the track on regular […]

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An Early Gregory's Road Map of Adelaide Suburbs including Kinedana and Coham Gardens

Adelaide’s Disappearing Suburbs

Did you grow up in an Adelaide suburb that no longer exists? It might have been Finchley Park or Washington Gardens or perhaps Little Chicago or Sassafras. Adelaide has lost many suburbs over the years when the name is changed, for one reason or other, or the suburb is swallowed up by a larger suburb. […]

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Photo from Google Images. Manual switchboard operators at work in 1952

Your First Job. Does It Still Exist?

Is the first job you ever had still in existence today? Telegram boys, lift operators, milkmen, comptometrists, typists, tea ladies, linotype operators, petrol pump attendants, tram conductors, manual switchboard operators and the lavatory man have all disappeared as jobs since the 50s. I started my first job at 15 working for the PMG delivering telegrams […]

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Photo from You Tube. Deadly Earnest was the late-night horror movie host played by Hedley Cullen between 1967 to 1978 on Channel 10 Adelaide.

Sharing Some Childhood Memories of Adelaide TV

One of the truly great pleasures of hosting the Adelaide Remember When Facebook page and blog is reading the hundreds of emails I receive each week from regular followers, sharing their own memories of growing up in Adelaide during their childhood and adolescent years. Julie Stokes wrote recently of memories about some of her favourite […]

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Photo from the State Library. The Metro was closed in 1975 and completely changed by Greater Union - it was painted purple and reopened as Hindley Cinemas.

Adelaide’s Lost Picture Theatres; Part Two

Metro Theatre One of the most beautiful Art Deco style buildings in Adelaide, the Metro in Hindley St, was built by MGM. It was the only MGM Metro Theatre in Australia to be equipped with fittings sent direct from the USA and was designed by noted American theatre architect Thomas W. Lamb, in association with […]

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Photo by Frank Hall. Hoyts Savoy Theatrette. I have fond memories of going there and watching the newsreels to fill in time. Note how beautiful and ornate the building was.

Adelaide’s Lost Picture Theatres; Part One

How many old picture theatres can you remember from the ‘golden era’ of when going to the pictures was a special event. I’ve already touched on the wonderful Regent Theatre in Rundle Street, now the Regent Arcade. But can you also remember the Rex or the Savoy, how about the Metro or the Majestic. Here […]

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