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When TV Arrived in Adelaide

REMEMBER the tremendous excitement when television first arrived in Adelaide? It came in 1959, three years after it commenced in Melbourne and Sydney in time for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The wait and build-up seemed to go on forever before TV finally arrived. Electrical retailers like H G Palmers, Ernsmiths and Saverys, attracted large […]

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Nanette Mazey shared a photo and a memory of growing up in Adelaide while bread delivery was still by horse and cart; "This was take in the early 70's in Alpha Road, Prospect. I can't remember how often they used to come around." Great photo Nanette, thank you!

When the Baker Delivered Bread in a Horse and Cart

I remember before supermarkets and sliced bread in plastic bags, hot, fresh bread was delivered, unsliced of course, by the baker in his horse and cart. It may be a trick of nature, but it doesn’t seem all that long ago that the baker’s horse, a large, gentle creature that needed no guidance and was […]

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I was a packet a day kid!

Lollies From a Bygone Era

I’m sitting here remembering some of the lollies we used to have as kids back in the 50s to the 70s. There were Fags of course, the cigarette lollies that we used to buy in little packets and walk around pretending to smoke, like dad. I remember Columbines that came in a long blue packet and […]

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The Earthquake That Shook Adelaide 1954

On March 1st 1954 the Adelaide Advertiser reported that; “An earthquake shook Adelaide and a large area of South Australia for 20 seconds from 3.40am this morning, causing minor damage to buildings and shocking the population. Thousands of men, women and children were momentarily terrified by the noise of trembling homes. Celebrated South Australian geologist […]

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Photo fron Channel  10 (now Ch 7). The post  that  sparked attention to ARW. Fat Cat says "Good night boys and girls"

Adelaide Remember When Blog

Today we launch the Adelaide Remember When Blog The blog will be a permanent ‘home’ for some of the most popular posts appearing on the Facebook website over the past 18 months but no longer visible on the FB page Just click the image below to visit our new blog now!   ARW will continue on Facebook […]

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The Milk Carton Regatta

The Milk Carton Regatta was Adelaide’s answer to Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta and was first staged at the Patawalonga in 1980. Along with the Birdman Rally it was staged, sponsored and broadcast live by Channel 10. Thousands of people would turn up each year at the Pat for a fun day out and watch in […]

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Samorn with a cartload of happy kids and adults enjoying a day at at the Zoo

Samorn, The Elephant in our Zoo

Remember when a day out at the Adelaide Zoo included a ride in the Elephant cart pulled by Samorn the elephant? Earlier this year there were a number of very strongly worded letters to the Advertiser from people outraged by the suggestion that we needed another elephant at the zoo, so our kids and grandkids […]

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School Lunch. What Did You Order for Lunch at School

What Did You Order for School Lunch?

Remember the brown paper bags for school lunch orders? You might have even been a lunch monitor. When I was at school we never had anything as fancy as the printed paper bags, back in the 50s and 60s if we ordered from the school canteen, we wrote on the plain paper bag. When my […]

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