Adelaide – straight from the hairdresser’s mouth

Adelaide – straight from the hairdresser’s mouth

Adelaide hairdresser Don Violi got his start in the business in 1973, and over the decades since then, he’s seen many changes – both in hairdressing and in the evolution of Adelaide itself. In episode 41 Don regales us with stories from his days in...
Adelaide school days

Adelaide school days

School days, school days… Adelaide school days. Such an important time in our lives, and so many memories that endure for the ABTNIA team, from the 1970s and 1980s. In episode 40 we remember our days in the old school yard: kiss-chasey (and Steve’s...
Satan’s Sunday out in Adelaide

Satan’s Sunday out in Adelaide

More than a hundred years ago, bicycles were a very popular mode of transport – along with horses and carts, they ruled the roads and were a popular choice of personal transportation. However, within the Presbyterian Church in 1897, the general view was that...
… and they put up a parking lot.

… and they put up a parking lot.

On the site of the former York Hotel (built 1849) and its various developments under the same name, the Grand Central Hotel stood at the corner of Rundle and Pulteney streets (the south-east corner). Built in 1910, the hotel was perhaps one of Adelaide’s most...
Adelaide lord mayors

Adelaide lord mayors

In episode 36 we look back at some of the City of Adelaide’s mayors and lord mayors. The Adelaide Corporation was Australia’s first local government, formed in October 1840. Joining aldermen and councillors was the first mayor, James Hurtle Fisher...
Adelaide – the first ANZAC Day

Adelaide – the first ANZAC Day

As we discuss in episode 35, the very first commemoration of ANZAC Day was in Adelaide in 1915. The Eight Hours Day (Labor Day) holiday on 13 October was given over to celebrate the men who had landed at Gallipoli earlier that year, and those who had sacrificed their...
Getting hot and cross over Jesus and the bunny

Getting hot and cross over Jesus and the bunny

With the Easter weekend on the horizon, in episode 34 we take a look at the following letter to the editor, featured in The Advertiser (page 4) on Thursday, 10 April 1952. Easter Message Sir – The ABC broadcast to small children on Thursday stands to be corrected. It...
Criticism of Adelaide, 1951

Criticism of Adelaide, 1951

In episode 33 we feature the following letter from the Letters to the Editor section of The Advertiser (page 4) on Friday, 18 May 1951. Criticism Of Adelaide Sir – Adelaide, Queen City of the South, advertises its charms in the eastern States, and invites tourists to...
Barossa Pearl – everything old is new again

Barossa Pearl – everything old is new again

Do you remember Barossa Pearl – the sweet, semi-sparkling wine favourite of the 1950s, 60s and 70s? We discuss it in episode 32 of the show. Barossa Pearl was introduced by South Australia’s Orlando Wines in 1956 by company director Colin Gramp, and went...
Fine Adelaide films

Fine Adelaide films

In keeping with episode 31’s semi-theme of our local film (and television) industry, we take the opportunity to look back at some of Adelaide’s celluloid glory from a century ago. Algie’s Romance Algie’s Romance was a silent film from 1918, put...
Tickets, please! Adelaide’s former tramway network

Tickets, please! Adelaide’s former tramway network

Long before the popularity of travelling by motor car, Adelaide had a wonderful and quite extensive network of trams. Lines linked the CBD with just about everywhere across the metropolitan area. In 1878 Adelaide was the first Australian city to introduce horse-drawn...
Beefacres to Sassafras – Adelaide’s obsolete suburb names

Beefacres to Sassafras – Adelaide’s obsolete suburb names

On a previous show we delved into the nomenclature of Adelaide’s suburbs, and in episode 027 we take a look at some of the now obsolete names around town. Did you know that Balmoral has become Semaphore Park, and Beefacres was a part of what is now Windsor...

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