Makis Yiros: “Best Lamb Yiros”

44I am not a fan of yiros and as such I rarely partake. So why am I writing a review on a Yiros eatery I hear you ask. Let me explain.

There is one occasion on which I invariably break this abstinence and that is on my roughly annual visit to Glenelg. I can’t explain why but when I’m in Glenelg I am habitually drawn to Makis Yiros. Continue reading “Makis Yiros: “Best Lamb Yiros””


St Peter’s Anglican Church


The first St Peter’s Anglican Church in Glenelg was built in 1851 on land set aside by Colonel William Light, surveyor and planner of the City of Adelaide in 1839. Fire destroyed it and the current English Gothic style bluestone church, designed by Edmund Wright (often referred to as the ‘Christopher Wren of Adelaide’ due to the number of buildings designed by him in the late 1800s) replaced it in 1883. Continue reading “St Peter’s Anglican Church”

The Red Rattler – Tram


In 1873 the railway line between Adelaide and Glenelg was build by the Adelaide, Glenelg & Suburban Railway Company Ltd. Until 1899 the company operated steam trains on the line when it was acquired by the state owned South Australian Railways (SAR) which ran the trains until 1929.

In April 1929 ownership and operation transferred from the SAR to Adelaide’s Municipal Tramways Trust (MTT) which immediately closed the line and converted it to a standard gauge electric tram-line. Continue reading “The Red Rattler – Tram”

HMS Buffalo


The HMS Buffalo was built as the Hindostan in Calcutta in 1813. She was subsequently purchased by the Royal Navy as a storeship and renamed HMS Buffalo. Prior to the event for which she is remembered in Glenelg, the Buffalo, after service in the Napoleonic Wars had made a number of trips to Australia and New Zealand as a freighter, quarantine ship and perhaps most notably as a convict ship (to Australia) in the early 1830s. Continue reading “HMS Buffalo”

The Old Gum Tree


The HMS Buffalo, the ship carrying Governor “elect” Hindmarsh and other early settlers of South Australia arrived in Holdfast Bay, Glenelg on the 28th December 1836.

That afternoon in a temperature of over 40 degrees centigrade (100+F – nothing has changed in this regard and summer temperatures regularly reach 40 degrees still) everyone gathered under the “Old Gum Tree” to listen to Hindmarsh reading a proclamation, on behalf of King William IV, which announced that the government and State of South Australia had been established, that the law would be enforced and that Aboriginal people would be protected. Continue reading “The Old Gum Tree”

Moseley Square and the Beachouse – General


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:

Glenelg Beach
Glenelg Jetty
The Pioneer Memorial

While in the square area also have a look at: Continue reading “Moseley Square and the Beachouse – General”

The Pioneer Memorial


As soon as you step of the tram or otherwise arrive in Moseley Square at the end of Jetty Road and look towards the sea the first thing that will capture your attention is this striking 12.9 metre high monument of Kapunda marble with its base of Murray Bridge granite. You also can’t fail to notice the beautiful setting amongst the palm trees. When I first saw the monument I instantly assumed it was a War Memorial. Continue reading “The Pioneer Memorial”

Glenelg Jetty – For Your Next Promenade


If you have read my review on Glenelg beach you will be aware of the restrictions put on people (particularly males) bathing on the beach during day light hours in the second half of the 19th century and, when the bathing was eventually permitted during the day, the restrictions on bathing attire that could be worn into the 20th century. Continue reading “Glenelg Jetty – For Your Next Promenade”