1. Sir Walter Watson Hughes statue

    The bronze figure of Sir Walter Watson Hughes by Francis Williamson stands on a massive block of red granite.

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton and James Hunter, History SA | North Terrace | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1900-1910, 2000-2010

  2. Song of Australia

    ‘Song of Australia’ became the accepted national song in South Australia and, for a time, throughout Australia.

    Historical Thing | By Kerrie Round | late nineteenth century, late twentieth century, mid nineteenth century, mid twentieth century

  3. South African War Memorial

    The mounted trooper reining in his horse commemorates South Australians who served in the South African War (1899-1902).

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1890s, 1900-1910, 1930s, 2000-2010

  4. Spheres

    Balancing and still among the bustle of Rundle Mall, Spheres is among Adelaide's favourite public artworks

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Rundle Mall | 1970s

  5. Steam Tug Yelta

    Once an integral component of Port Adelaide's fleet of working vessels, this sole-surviving example of an operational South Australian steam tug has been faithfully restored and now promotes the Port's maritime heritage

    Historical Thing | By James Hunter, History SA | 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s

  6. Stobie Poles

    Unique to and ubiquitous throughout South Australia, the ugliness of stobie poles is periodically denounced, as also the mortal damage which they can and do inflict on the occupants of any vehicle unlucky enough to strike one at speed. 

    Historical Thing | By Patricia Sumerling and Wilfrid Prest | early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century

  7. Susan Grace Benny Plaque

    The first female local government councillor in Australia, Benny was a Justice of the Peace, a businesswoman and a lobbyist for women’s equality.

    Historical Thing | By Laura Sherwood, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 2000-2010

  8. The Athlete

    Once dubbed 'Adelaide's most active statue' the Athlete is now safely installed in the Lord Mayor's Courtyard. 

    Historical Thing | By Pat Stretton | Central Market, River Torrens, Southwest corner | early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century

  9. The Eternal Question

    Word artist Richard Tipping prompts us to consider big ideas in his sculpture ‘The Eternal Question’

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Northwest corner | 1940s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010

  10. The hulk 'Fitzjames'

    Between 1880 and 1891 the hulk Fitzjames, colloquially known as ‘Hell afloat’, served as a Reformatory for over 100 boys aged from 8 to 16 years of age. 

    Historical Thing | By Nikki Sullivan | 1880s, 1890s

  11. The Immigrants

    The Immigrants sculpture has been climbed on, sat on, stood next to and embraced by many people who have walked through the gates of the Migration Museum since 2006.

    Historical Thing | By Catherine Manning, Migration Museum | North Terrace | 2000-2010

  12. The Slide

    What fun! John Dowie’s work invigorates Rundle Mall

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Rundle Mall | 1970s

  13. The Smith Brothers' Grave

    The Smith brothers’ grave is situated in a prominent position adjoining the Bishop Short Memorial Garden alongside the century-old Chapel of the Resurrection at North Road Cemetery. 

    Historical Thing | By Helen Stein, Cemetery Historian | 1920s

  14. Three Rivers Fountain

    The Three Rivers fountain in Victoria Square commemorates the Royal Visit in 1963

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | 1960s, 2010s

  15. Torrens Lake Fountain

    The Torrens Lake Fountain commemorates the first time South Australia was visited by a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. 

    Historical Thing | By Madeleine Ryan, History SA | Parklands | 1950s

  16. Tunnels of Adelaide

    Adelaide tunnel tales are a perennial favourite in the popular press, and are cheerfully perpetuated by tour operators and publicans everywhere.

    Historical Thing | By Deb Morgan | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century

  17. Venere di Canova

    A startled Venus caused consternation as Adelaide’s first public statue in 1892

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s

  18. Victor Richardson Gates

    An outstanding all-round sportsman was provided with the rare honour of being memorialised during his lifetime

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | River Torrens | 1920s, 1930s, 1960s, early twenty–first century

  19. Ville de Bordeaux

    Originally designed as a warship, this French merchant vessel's first—and only—foray into South Australian waters was fraught with illegality and controversy.

    Historical Thing | By James Hunter, History SA | 1840s, 1850s, 1860s

  20. Voyagers

    The lives and cultures of ‘Afghan’ cameleers are recognised in Whitmore Square

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1860s, 1870s, 2000-2010

  21. War Horse Memorial

    Remembering the role of horses in war.

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton & Bernard O'Neil, History SA | Parklands | 1910s, 1920s, 1960s, early twenty–first century

  22. War Memorial

    Architect Louis Laybourne-Smith and sculptor George Rayner Hoff created a memorial that conveys the impact of the First World War

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 2000-2010

  23. War Memorial Fountain

    South Australia became the first state in Australia to build a memorial for the First World War.

    Historical Thing | By South Australian School for Vision Impaired (SASVI) | North Terrace | 1930s

  24. William Henry Bragg Bust

    This bust, sculpted in 2015 by South Australian artist Robert Hannaford, commemorates Professor William Bragg. 

    Historical Thing | By Alexander Parsons, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 2010s

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