Adelaide - Streets
Streets by Name
- Early Reports
- Drinking Fountains
- Motor Cars and Traffic
- Paving and Watering
- Gambling on the Streets
- Street Musicians
- Street Nomenclature
"The Streets and Police Regulation" is in the Register,
24 February 1844, page 2d.
The Register of
9 July 1845, page 3d says:
In Currie Street [a fine little boy] was fairly knocked down and ridden over
by an equestrian... another great nuisance... is the manner in which drays
are allowed to congregate... near to public houses, where they are frequently
left standing for hours together, while their owners or drivers are drinking.
An informative letter on "The Public Roads" is in the Register,
21 November 1849 (supp.).
Also see South Australia - Transport.
An "increase in footpads" is reported in the Adelaide Times,
12 May 1852, page 2f
while the streets are described on
3 April 1852, page 3c.
A letter from a citizen complaining about the general condition of the city's
streets is in the Register,
27 April 1854, page 3g:
In Rundle Street, notwithstanding the heavy outlay for the purpose of forming
drains, the drainage is as bad as ever, and a pestilential exhalation, even
at this cool season, meets the passenger at every step.
(Also see Register, 6 July 1857, page 2c.)
"Street Making" is in the Register,
24 May 1854, page 2d.
"A Street Grievance" is in the Observer,
26 February 1859, page 1b (supp.):
The trundling of hoops is... a healty exercise... But when Smith is driving
a tandem with his wife and children beside him in the dog-cart, his thoughts
are anything but philosophical as he suddenly perceives that his leader's
forelegs are are involved in one of these circular machines... Little flocks
of geese are kept... for no apparent purpose than to annoy and endanger passers-by...
We have seen... an empty sugar bag lying for days on the crown of the road
- an object of terror to horse after horse...
An editorial on "street rows" under the heading "Brute Force" is in the Observer, 10 December 1859, page 5f:
Men who rely on their gigantic limbs and their contempt of personal danger
may rest assured that the intellectual powers, in however degraded a manifestation,
will overmaster them here... There is high authority for the assertion that
they who use the sword shall perish by it...
"Water Troughs for Horses" is in the Register,
18 March 1862, page 2f,
20 and 29 May 1862, pages 3c and 2g,
3 June 1862, page 3e.
"Horsebreaking in the Public Streets" is in the Register,
25 October 1862, page 2d,
25 October 1862, page 5b.
"A Street Preaching Disturbance" is in the Register,
6 and 8 February 1865, pages 2f and 2g.
"The Recent Street Robberies" is in the Express,
20 July 1866, page 3d.
The main streets of Adelaide are described in the Register,
28 November 1867, page 2 (supp.)
"Street Nuisances" is in the Observer,
8 February 1868, page 12g.
Also see Public Nuisances
Photographs of early Adelaide are in the Observer,
13 January 1912, page 29.
There are narrow dirty streets and back slums in the City of Adelaide which
would surprise some of our legislators who are accustomed only to the leading
thoroughfares, and it in those back streets that the most pitiable examples
of neglected children are to be met with. They are ragged, dirty, ignorant
in the extreme... [and] depraved in their manners and habits.
"Dog Shooting in the Streets" is the cause for complaint in the Register,
13 April 1869, page 2h.
Also see Public Nuisances.
Graffiti in the form of indecent writing on walls and pavements is abhorred in the Register, 16 September 1869, page 3g:
We of the sterner sex, by reason of a more intimate association with the world
have often to tolerate language which no woman should hear, but when such
offences are committed as the one I complain of, is it not time to shield
women and children from its sequitant pollution by rigorous punishment of
the offenders. [The Police Act provides... a punishment by fine or imprisonment...
On 25 January 1870, page 6d the Register prints certain impressions of South Australia by Rev J. Maughan made whilst he was holidaying in England; with tongue in cheek he talks of the temperate climate and takes a side-swipe at the condition of Adelaide's streets in winter:
During seven years residence there [I] had only seen one small piece of ice...
the youth who found it was carrying it to an editor as a great curiosity...
A new chum walking up King William Street saw a good-looking hat in the middle
of the road... He... picked it up, when a head was turned up and a voice
called out... "that's my hat... and my horse is below me".
On 15 June 1870, page 3c Rev Maughan responded and said "had I seen the report before it was reproduced in your columns I should certainly have had it corrected." Appended to his letter is an outline of the speech he delivered in England.
On 7 June 1872, page 5b a correspondent to the Register described the streets as:
...Seas of mud through which we have now to wade... [they] are not only subversive
of all comfort, but detrimental in the highest degree to the economical preservation
of the roadways...
The situation had not improved by 1874 and on 22 May at page 4g of the Register a citizen proclaimed:
I... say without fear of contradiction that the City of Adelaide is on a rainy
day the dirtiest and worst regulated city in Australia, for beyond [the three
main streets] there is not a footpath fit to walk upon.
A sketch of Howell's Corner is in the Illustrated Adelaide Post,
3 October 1873, page 1; also see
23, 24 and 28 January 1918, pages 6e, 4e and 4e.
"Street Mismanagement" is in the Register,
12 June 1878, page 4f:
The principal thoroughfares of the town and the broad approaches to it, as
well as the side streets and by-lanes, are coated with mud inches deep. Broad
pools of liquid filth are to be seen in all directions...
"The Streets on Wednesday" (24 December) is in the Register,
26 December 1879,
"Preparing for Christmas" and "Christmas Eve in Adelaide" on
24 and 25 December 1884, pages 6d and 5g.
Similar reports follow on an annual basis in later years.
Photographs taken on Christmas Eve are in the Chronicle,
31 December 1904, page 28.
Also see SA - Christmas in South Australia.
"The Streets" is in the Chronicle,
27 December 1879, page 22f.
"Street Traffic and Street Authorities" is in the Register,
7 July 1879, page 4c.
An interesting account of "Some of My Neighbours" in a back street of Adelaide
is in the Register,
24 April 1880, page 5g.
"When are our foul gutters to be cleaned?" is one of several complaints made by a correspondent to the Register on 6 November 1880, page 7b.
A cartoon on Adelaide's streets is in The Lantern,
21 June 1884, page 1.
"The City Footpaths" is in the Register,
6 December 1881, page 4d.
"A Citizen's Grievances" is in the Register,
22 December 1881, page 1f (supp.).
"The State of Our Streets From a Woman's Point of View" is in the Chronicle,
15 September 1883, page 12c.
"Crying the Streets", an article on the efficacy or otherwise of street processions,
is in the Chronicle,
6 June 1885, page 5a.
"The Women of the White Cross - A Night in the Streets of Adelaide" is in
28 December 1885:
There are heroines in Adelaide - devoted, self-sacrificing, courageous women,
who leave the comfort of their homes to go out into the moral gutters of
our city, when, under the shadow of night, vice comes forth without a blush
upon its face to pursue its vocation of evil...
A poem titled "The Boot Black's Song" is in The Lantern,
12 June 1886, page 19.
Match sellers on the city streets are discussed in the Express,
27 December 1887, page 4e.
An objection to perambulators in the "principal business thoroughfares of the city" is expressed in the Register, 27 July 1888, page 3g.
Coffee stalls are discussed in the Advertiser,
11 February 1890, page 3g,
1 September 1897, page 5b.
Also see Adelaide - Coffee Taverns.
"Hideous Advertising Boards" is in the Register,
4 August 1890, page 3f:
Pray use your influence to have these abominations abolished. If persons only
advertised in each paper and on their shop fronts their object would be gained...
Also see South Australia - Transport - Roads.
"Aesthetic Rules - Hoardings and Verandahs" is in the Express,
28 August 1911, page 4b,
"Hoardings and Civic Beauty" in the Register,
26 April 1912, page 4d. Also see
8 May 1926, page 47b under "Removal of Hoardings" and South Australia - Transport - Roads.
"Street Accidents" is in the Register,
10 September 1896, page 4g.
"Dynamite in the Streets" is in the Register,
12 and 14 December 1896, pages 5a-5f and 5c.
"Flowers and Flower Selling" is in the Register,
2 September 1902, page 4f.
A lengthy report on "Disturbance in the Streets" and an editorial appears
in the Register,
22, 23, 24 and 28 March 1904, pages 6a, 4c-8a-d, 3d and 4c.
"Lovely Adelaide - Australia's Beauty Spot" is in the Advertiser,
11 June 1904, page 8g,
"Beautifying the City" on
13 June 1904, page 4c.
Under the heading "Disfigurement of Adelaide" a correspondent to the Register on 11 May 1904 at page 4f says:
The streets are dirty and the irregular buildings and those advertising hoardings
are simply horrible... Everywhere are those fearful hoardings, covered with
glaring and hideous contrasts in colours... The blank wall of every building
and every fence is just a smudge of gorgeous colourings with fanciful advertisements.
Where have the trees gone?...
(For an official response from a Councillor see Register, 12 May 1904, page 3h.)
"Waifs and Strays" on the streets is the subject of comment in the Advertiser,
14 and 15 June 1904, pages 4f and 9d.
"Keeping the Children off the Streets" is in the Express,
17 January 1906, page 2d.
To counter juvenile delinquency and "young girls [being] recruited to the ranks of fallen sisterhood" a curfew bell is suggested in the Register, 10 January 1914, page 7g.
Also see SA - Social Matters.
A correspondent to the Register on 21 March 1905, page 6f ventures the following opinion:
Have not the Adelaide public by apathetic silence led those who are responsible
for the upkeep of the streets to believe that they acquiesced in a system
of road repairing which is unknown in any other country and been proved to
be a complete failure...
"Adelaide's Muddy Streets - City Surveyor Explains" is in the Register,
1 August 1905, page 3c; also see
8 and 12 August 1905, pages 3h and 6g.
Photographs of street collections are in the Observer,
30 December 1905, page 28.
Photographs are in the Chronicle,
15 December 1906, page 10 (supp.),
21 December 1907, page 3 (supplement).
A correspondent to the Register on 15 February 1909, page 6c takes umbrage at the civic authorities:
So far as the City Council is concerned Adelaide has made no material progress
at all, especially in the way of footpaths and roads, for 25 years. Many
of the footpaths... are in disrepair and unsafe to walk upon.
(Also see Register,
20 February 1909, page 11h,
4 March 1909, page 11e,
26 April 1909, page 4h.)
"Public Conveniences for Adelaide" is in the Advertiser,
19 January 1910, page 10b.
Photographs of wood-blocking are in the Chronicle,
16 July 1910, page 32,
of a tar spreader on
28 January 1911, page 29.
"Standard Verandahs" is in the Register,
15 August 1911, page 4f,
"Are Balconies Doomed" on
19 and 25 August 1911, pages 13a and 4e,
29 September 1911, page 5a.
"Controlling Street Traffic" is in the Register,
6 May 1911, page 12i.
"Street Accidents" is in the Register,
22 July 1912, page 6d,
"Among the Noises" on
11, 15 and 17 February 1913, pages 6d, 6e and 10c,
"Business Streets in 1863" on
6 June 1913, page 15a,
"Controlling Street Traffic" on
10 January 1914, page 13e,
"Street Traffic" on
3 September 1914, page 5d.
Photographs of police traffic control are in the Chronicle,
26 August 1916, page 30.
Also see Motor Cars & Traffic.
Regulating street traffic is discussed in the Register,
26 January 1916, pages 4d-5a,
"Problems of City Traffic" on
13 March 1920, page 9c.
"City Traffic" is in the Register,
26 and 27 May 1925, pages 8b and 9a,
"Traffic Control" on
29 and 31 July 1925, pages 8e and 11f.
Information on and a photograph of a "Stop-Go" traffic signal are in the Register,
21 December 1927, page 10,
"New Traffic Signals" on
9 February 1928, page 9b,
"Traffic Control" on
21 March 1928, page 15e,
"Traffic Extermination" on
18 and 19 April 1928, pages 8c and 8h.
Also see Motor Cars and Traffic.
"A Few West Adelaide Memories" is in the Observer,
1 July 1916, page 32b,
"Memories of the Early Days" on
25 November 1916, page 48c.
"Rain and Revelry - Aquatics in City Streets" is in the Register,
14 March 1917, page 7b,
"Pedestrians and Street Traffic" on
31 May 1918, page 6d.
"After Dark - Wednesday Night in the City" is in the Register,
26 June 1919, page 7c.
"Renumbering of Streets" is in the Register,
22 July 1919, page 7h.
"Old Time Memories" of King William, Grenfell, Pirie, Franklin and Flinders
Streets and Victoria Square is in the Register,
2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 October 1919, pages 5f, 4d, 5f, 5c and 5b,
6 and 13 November 1919, pages 5c and 5d,
4 and 11 December 1919, pages 4f and 5c.
Photographs of "back yards and lanes" are in The Critic,
30 September 1914, page 12; also see
7 October 1914, page 14.
"The Begging Blind - Painful Blot on City Streets" is in The Mail,
21 August 1920, page 2d.
"The City's Traffic - Need for North-South Arteries" is in the Express,
26 and 29 May 1922, pages 2f and 2c.
"New Safety Zones" is in the Register,
9 September 1922, page 8f.
"Keep to the Left! - A Comedy of the Streets" is in the Advertiser,
16 December 1922, page 11e,
"Street Dangers" on
8 March 1924, page 12h.
"City Traffic Problems" is in the Register,
10 July 1923, page 8d,
26 and 27 May 1925, pages 8b-9a and 9a,
29 and 31 July 1925, pages 8e and 11f,
"Safety Zones and Traffic Cops" on
23 May 1922, page 7c,
"Safety Zones" in the Register,
31 July 1923, page 9b,
28 May 1925, page 8f.
"Silent Traffic Cops" in the Register,
19 February 1929, page 7c.
"The Gentle Jay Walker" is in the Register,
31 July 1923, page 8d,
7, 8, 9 and 17 August 1923, pages 12b, 13e, 7i and 17c,
7, 9, 14 and 18 August 1923, pages 12a, 9d, 8b-13a and 12i-22d,
12 and 29 February 1924, pages 8h and 12d,
5 and 11 March 1924, pages 20d and 13a,
16 and 29 February 1924, pages 13g and 11i,
13 December 1927, page 8f,
26 January 1928, page 10b,
15 August 1928, page 17e.
27 July 1929, page 19c.
"Jaywalking to Railway Station - Subway Scheme Proposed" is in the Register,
12 July 1928, page 5b.
"Unsightly Street Poles" is in The News,
30 August 1923, page 6c.
"Street Traffic" is in the Advertiser,
15 November 1924, page 12h.
"City Growing Up - Telephone Department Digging Down" is in the Register,
19 May 1927, page 11d.
Also see South Australia - Telephones.
Information on a shoe shiner is in The News,
12 January 1928, page 16d,
"Adelaide's Last Four Shoe-Shiners" is in The Mail,
7 December 1929, page 28;
information on the first "shoeblack" in Adelaide is in the Advertiser,
18 December 1929, page 24e.
"Noises of the Night - Nerve-Racking Torture" is in The Mail,
7 July 1928, page 12c.
"Motley Streets - Improving the Skyline" is in the Register,
10 January 1929, page 12a.
"Adelaide Needs More Streets" is in The News,
15 July 1929, page 6c.
"Trees in Streets" is in the Advertiser,
9 July 1929, page 18d.
"Adelaide's 34 George Sreets - Confusing Duplication" is in the Advertiser,
13 October 1932, page 8i.
"Pies and Pioneers - Adelaide's Caravan Cafes" is in the Advertiser,
23 June 1934, page 9e.
Also see Cafes and Restaurants .
A "War on Elms" in the city and suburbs is reported in the Advertiser,
27 June 1934, page 21b.
"Safety Zones at Tram Stops" is in the Advertiser,
23 January 1935, pages 16f-17g.
Also see Adelaide - Electric Trams.
"Vanished Street Criers of Adelaide" is in the Advertiser,
3 November 1934, page 9i.
"Sins of Adelaide's Roadusers" is in The News,
3 January 1936, page 4f.
"Former Names of City Corners" is in The News,
10 January 1936, page 4e.
"Traffic Lights for the City" is in The News,
14 April 1936, page 5h,
9, 13 and 14 April 1937, pages 5a, 1c-7c and 6g,
12 August 1937, pages 6g-7a.
"Fashioning a City of Boulevards" is in the Advertiser,
12 December 1936, page 11c.
"Old-Time Street Characters" is in The News,
13 and 16 October 1936, pages 4d and 6e.
"Police Urge Rundle Street Traffic Ban" is in the Advertiser,
8 and 24 May 1937, pages 25f and 16d.