Moseley Square, named after an early councillor, is a popular gathering spot for people and the terminus for the tram connecting Glenelg to Adelaide. A number of eateries are located within the square which sits at the end of Jetty Road, itself full of eateries.
In terms of attractions in or around the Square, I have prepared separate reviews on:
While in the square area also have a look at:
The Former Town Hall
Designed by Edmund Wright (the “Christopher Wren of Adelaide”) the Glen Osmond bluestone, classical design building was constructed in 1875 though the clock tower and clock were added later. It was originally built as an “Institute” building – the forerunner of what one might refer to as a Community Centre today it housed lecture rooms, a library, a concert hall and more. It became Glenelg’s town hall in 1887 and remained as such until 1997 when the former Glenelg and neighbouring Brighton Councils were combined to form the Holdfast Bay Council area. Glenelg town hall was no longer required and it was soon converted to house the Bay Discovery Centre – a local museum which I have yet to visit – and a few other things.
The Former Post Office / Telegraph Office
The first post office in Glenelg opened in 1849 with a telegraph office following in 1859. The two were amalgamated in 1868 with this Moseley Square building opening in 1912. The interior of the building has fallen victim to a fast food chain but thankfully the exterior has retained its original splendour.
This old anchor on the grass area between the old Town Hall and the ocean was salvaged off the Glenelg foreshore by the South Australian Department of Marine & Harbours.
The accompanying plaque beside the anchor describes a Trotman’s anchor thus:
“The Trotman’s type anchor, a modification of the traditional admiralty anchor utilised a pivot point on the shank to ensure a low profile of the uppermost fluke thus reducing the possibility of damage to the ship’s hull at low tide or fouling of the anchor chain”.
I have to say that the above means absolutely nothing to me but such anchors were used on sailing ships toward the end of the 18th century.
As I didn’t visit the Beachouse I will not do a separate review but will refer to it here so that those interested can investigate it further.
In 1930, following the success of the Luna Park amusement park in Melbourne Luna Park Glenelg was constructed. This went into liquidation in 1934 and all the rides except for a carousel were moved to Sydney to establish the famous Luna Park at Milsons Point on Sydney’s North Shore. The site remained vacant until Magic Mountain likened to a “giant dog dropping” by locals and media alike was built in 1982. Magic Mountain was demolished in 2004 to be replaced by the current incarnation – The Beachouse – which opened in 2006. In addition to the original carousel the Beachouse has a Ferris wheel, arcade games and an extensive waterslide setup.
The Beachouse has a complex array of opening hours and entrance prices which I will not replicate here. Check it out on http://www.thebeachouse.com.au/
The entrance to the Beachouse is on Colley Terrace. My picture is of the back taken from the ocean side of the complex.
Address: Moseley Square