More stobie poles

Surrey Street, GOODWOOD  Stobie poles are popular for children’s artwork. These four poles are easy to spot on the corner of Surrey and Hampton Streets, GOODWOOD.

Springbank Road Panorama (just near Daniels Road). Two sides of one Stobie pole. If the Stobie poles of Adelaide are ever eventually removed, hopefully this one can be preserved.

What is a Stobie pole?

When you are in South Australia, you will most likely hear people mentioning Stobie poles. People often talk about these poles as being ‘deadly’ or ‘killers’. If you are wondering what they are, but were too afraid to ask – here’s your answer.

Stobie poles are actually power poles made of concrete enclosed in two metal braces which look a bit like they have come from railway lines. They were invented back in 1924 by an engineer at the Adelaide Electric Supply Company. His name was James Stobie and he used the materials that were readily available because termite resistant timber was not easy to find in South Australia.

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