By Lana Guineay
South Australia’s History Festival is in full swing, so there’s no better time to dig around in State Library’s archives and unearth rarely-seen historical photos of Adelaide.
Of the Library’s many digital archives (which you can access online) the Searcy Collection is one of the most extensive. Arthur Searcy was a Mount-Barker local, civil servant, and photography aficionado, who took and collected photos of Adelaide and its surrounds — almost 20,000 of them.
From Rundle Mall (before the mall), to Glenelg, check out just a few below and take a trip back in time.
The corner of Currie and King William Streets: approximately 1924 [click to enlarge]
The same location today:
Rundle Mall (then Rundle Street), 1860s:
Approximate location today:
North Terrace, 1864…
Adelaide Oval, 1923:
Adelaide Botanic Garden, approx 1922
A neglected botanic garden described by Searcy as “a bit of old Adelaide”.
Grenfell Street, near the corner of Gawler Place, 1919:
Norwood/ Kensington, 1923. The funeral procession for SA politician Sir John Bice, passing through the suburbs of Kensington and Norwood.
Children playing at Glenelg beach, approx 1920:
A woman, approx 1920.
Unknown woman wearing a riding costume and exuding sass.
Two nurses, approx 1913.
From the Adelaide Children’s Hospital. Described by Searcy as “ministering angels”.
Top image source: State Library of SA, B 5547