A Grand Entrance for a Car Park

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Now the rather grand entrance arch for a municipal car park, this majestic structure was formally the bridge-keeper’s gantry on the 1875-1966 version of the Jevois Bridge, a bridge which bridged the swampy estuary between Port Adelaide and Semaphore on the Lefevre Peninsula – the point where overseas mail was by then being discharged. Continue reading “A Grand Entrance for a Car Park”

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The Port’s Silent Cop

15When I came across the object in the attached picture – an oversized traffic cone in the local football team’s (the Port Adelaide Magpies) colours of black and white – its general shape and demeanour
lead me to suspect that it was some form of traffic control device.

As Port Adelaide developed so too did traffic congestion. This was particularly so between the World Wars and post WWII. Continue reading “The Port’s Silent Cop”

Port Adelaide Lighthouse

10Standing prominently at the end of Commercial Road by the Port River, and visible for quite some distance if you enter the Port via this road, is the Port Adelaide lighthouse which has now become an icon for the area.

The Port Adelaide lighthouse, prefabricated in England and shipped to Australia in pieces, was first lit on January 1st 1869 (though the first light was replaced in 1874 by a much stronger one) and originally stood at the entrance to the Port River where it replaced a former lightship – the Fitzjames. Continue reading “Port Adelaide Lighthouse”

Getting to and around Port Adelaide

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Getting to Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is approximately 15kms from Adelaide city centre.

Unless you are driving yourself – bus or train services are convenient and recommended. Bus and train services are run by Adelaide Metro. For fares etc please refer to my ‘Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes’ review. For maps and timetables http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps. Continue reading “Getting to and around Port Adelaide”

The Historic Maritime Heart of South Australia – Introduction

1 There is a saying – ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ and this certainly applies to me in terms of “the Port” as it referred to locally. For more than a decade now I have spent every Christmas within a couple of kilometres of Port Adelaide and visit it regularity – to such an extent that I became oblivious to its attractions. Many readers will be familiar with this condition.

On reflection, there is much to see and do here and I would certainly recommend a full day – spending the evening in nearby Semaphore, if time is tight. Indeed, if you visit Adelaide a visit to the Port is a must do – if only to visit the National Railway Museum which I rank as one of the best railway museums in the world – and yes, I am a railway buff! Continue reading “The Historic Maritime Heart of South Australia – Introduction”