Now and then: 11 rare historical photos of Adelaide

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]

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG280-1-45-110

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG280-1-45-110

The same location today:

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Rundle Mall (then Rundle Street), 1860s:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/25/104

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/25/104

Approximate location today:

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North Terrace, 1864…

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1922:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection RG 280/1/34/175

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection RG 280/1/34/175

…and today:

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Adelaide Oval, 1923:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/45/188

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/45/188

Adelaide Botanic Garden, approx 1922
A neglected botanic garden described by Searcy as “a bit of old Adelaide”.

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/30/301

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/30/301

Grenfell Street, near the corner of Gawler Place, 1919:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/24/88

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/24/88

Norwood/ Kensington, 1923. The funeral procession for SA politician Sir John Bice, passing through the suburbs of Kensington and Norwood.

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/39/155

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/39/155

Children playing at Glenelg beach, approx 1920:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection  PRG 280/1/24/138

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/24/138

A woman, approx 1920.
Unknown woman wearing a riding costume and exuding sass.

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection  PRG 280/1/20/211

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/20/211

Two nurses, approx 1913. 

From the Adelaide Children’s Hospital. Described by Searcy as “ministering angels”.

 Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection RG 280/1/7/418

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection RG 280/1/7/418

Top image source: State Library of SA, B 5547