Mesh on the inside of the windows in a guard’s office
Inside looking out
Inside the guard’s office
You would think that a place for the criminally insane in the 19th century would be a dark place. It is surprising to see the huge windows that let in light and let you see the the world outside. The broken windows are the result of 21st vandalism as most of the windows have no protection from this type of attack. If you get the chance, visit the ward on one of their tour days – you are free to wander on your own around the building and grounds, or listen to one of the guides who have extensive knowledge of this historic place.
Hawker Street is a main thoroughfare connecting historic Brompton and Bowden. These adjoining suburbs were established in the early years of South Australia – Bowden in 1839 and Brompton in 1849 so there are plenty of old buildings with history and character. The Hawker Street Café is in a row of shops and very easy to find. Right next door is an interesting little second hand shop with lots of retro gear and character items. Continue reading →
The Palm House was imported from Bremen, Germany, back in 1875 in kit form – a remarkable achievement considering the distance and the amount of glass involved. It was constructed in a way that was advanced engineering for the time.
It is a unique structure and had been meticulously restored to its original form. If you compare original photos with the current structure you will notice that there are very little differences.
Being in the Palm House is a quiet experience. You can take in the history of the structure as well as enjoy the plants. The grotto is also and original feature and was constructed of stones imported from the Black Forest in Germany.
There is a café near the Palm House which gives you a great view of the House and the nearby lake while you enjoy good coffee, a light meal or a snack served by friendly staff.