Peregine Building

135 Rundle Mall | ADELAIDE  SA 5000

If you have walked down Rundle Mall near Twin Street, once or many times it is possible that you have not noticed this building. It currently houses Foot Locker, Dymocks Books and Price Attack. If you look up, you will see an interesting building which has been part of Adelaide’s history since 1879.

Back then, prominent South Australian architect, Rowland Rees, designed the building for butcher William Kither. Rees had come to the colony in 1869 where he practised as an architect and also served as a member of parliament in 1873 when he was Member for Burra, a seat he held until 1881. He then had the seat of Onkaparinga from 1882 to 1890. He designed such buildings as Lobethal Woollen Mills (1883), St Peter’s Town Hall (1885), Moonta Methodist Church (1873) as well as houses in Adelaide and North Adelaide.

The shop built for William Kither showed Rees’s attention to detail and use of ornate features. It includes wrought iron balcony which was later removed in the twentieth century. Kither was well known as a butcher and was also the first to import a butcher’s refrigerator. This is noted in the South Australian Register on 23 August 1884.

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State Library of SA collection. B6137

 

This photo taken on 14 July 1932 is remarkably similar to the building today. The three pediments remain intact, and the windows and decorative features are almost unchanged. However, the decorative balcony is still there. On the middle pediment, you can see in the photo MDCCCLXXX – Roman numerals for 1890 the year the building was opened. On the left and right pediments, you can see the words Kither and Butcher and this business was to remain there until 1932 when Kithers moved to King William Street and the building sold to Clarksons.

Clarksons Limited had originally been established by German immigrant Heinrich Ludwig Vosz who arrived in Adelaide in 1848. After going to the Victorian goldfields he returned to Adelaide and set up a glass, oil and colour business in Rundle Street. The business had several owners after Vosz’s death in 1886 and was renamed Clarksons in 1915 after its managing director. The company expanded and included leadlight manufacturing. Clarksons. It moved to 135 Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall) in 1932 and  remained there until 1958 when the building was sold to the Commonwealth Saving Bank of Australia.

The photo below was taken in on 19 December 1932 just 6 months after the one above. Notice that the balcony has been removed. The left and right pediments are also missing and this could be that they have been removed to replaced Zither Butcher with the Clarkson name.

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State Library of South Australia collection B 6209

The building is now owned by the Peregrine Corporation which owns several well known chain outlets such as Subway and On the Run. If you look up next time you are passing the building, you will notice the Corporation’s name is now on the central pediment – the left and right are now blank. You will also notice two owl like birds looking down on you. I haven’t been able to find out for sure but it makes sense that these are peregrines most likely installed by the Corporation when it bought the building. I am investigating this further. In the meantime, enjoy this building – another little slice of Adelaide’s history.

Note: Clarksons is still trading https://www.obrienglass.com.au/clarksons/

 

Observatory House

84 Flinders Street ADELAIDE  5000

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This Queen Anne style building on Flinders Street is one of Adelaide’s survivors. It was commissioned in 1906 by G.C.W. Kohler who was an instrument maker. His company made spectacles, binoculars and telescopes – things that helped people to see clearly. The inclusion of the tower was symbolic of these instruments.

Kohler had bought his business from Otto Boettger who emigrated to South Australia from Germany. Before coming to the colony, Boettger had been an instrument maker in St Petersburg in Russia and an astronomer’s assistant in Hamburg. In 1877, he established a successful manufacturing and repair business for scientific equipment in South Australia and by 1890 he was selling his instruments around Australia. He lived next door to the site of Observatory House until he sold his business to Kohler in 1899. Kohler had the House built in 1906 and his family continued to trade under the Boettger name until 1974.

The building is Federation period (1890 – 1915) and is built of brick, iron and cast iron. It features include fenestration, the observation tower and Marseilles tiles. It is state heritage listed and is a significant building because of its connection to German settlers, its original use, and its architectural design. It is currently occupied by solicitors and is not open for general viewing.

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From the State Library of SA (copyright free) circa 1910

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From State Library of SA (copyright free) circa 1907

Grange Jetty Cafe

 20161227_160945.jpgCnr Jetty Street & 487 Esplanade HENLEY BEACH SA 5022 | Phone (08) 8235 0822 |
Sunday – Thursday 7.30am – 7.30pm; Friday & Saturday 7.30 – 8pm | Website
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 Eating overlooking the sea seems to have almost universal appeal and the views from Grange Jetty Café are fantastic. An uninterrupted view of the jetty and the beach makes this place very appealing. The café offers a range of food with an emphasis on pizzas and pasta and the type of food that you would expect near the sea – like fish and chips. The food is good quality – the only thing perhaps lacking is that there are not a lot of vegan/vegetarian options.
Plenty of seating inside and out – it can get windy some days so having both options is a plus. Good options for snacks and mid-afternoon coffees and the hours make this a great choice to have breakfast/brunch/early dinner by the sea. Takeaway options as well.

 

Hotel Royal

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Lamb salad

180 Henley Beach Road TORRENSVILLE  5031 | Phone (08) 8352 7855 |
Dining times Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm  Website

Great location on Henley Beach Road only minutes from the CBD and close to the Airport. Art decor style renovated pub with a fresh ambiance, great service, pizzas and pub meals, as well as a bsitro offering good quality meals at great prices.
I don’t go to pubs a great deal and the experience of the Hotel Royal was very positive. Clean modern interior with plenty of casual seating in the bar area next to the Bistro. Right from the start the service was spot on with a friendly greeting, explanation about the menu if we were interested in eating there, and the offer of ice cold water – wonderful on a 40 degree day!
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Caesar salad

We chose to order in the bar, and the lamb salad and Caesar salad were both fresh and good size serves – excellent value for money. The area overlooking Henley Beach Road was relaxing with a choice of stools or bucket lounge seats and the volume of the cricket and the music was just right. A very pleasant experience overall.
Summary: Excellent customer service – many could learn from the staff member who served us!. Food was fresh, served quickly and at $18 were good value. Great menu choices including burgers, pizzas and standards like fish and steak just to name a few. Easy parking in Jervois Street or at the back of the Hotel. An unpretentious place with a lot to offer. Worth a try? Absolutely – even if hotels are not what you might normally consider this one is worth a go.

Koko Black

50-52 Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000 | Phone (08) 8223 4890
Open Monday-Thursday 9.3oam – 5.30pm; Friday 9.30am – 9.30pm; Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm; Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm | Website

Do you love chocolate? Then you will love this is a wonderful little chocolate shop and dessert cafe on the Rundle Mall end of Adelaide Arcade. Beautifully presented chocolates fill the display cabinets at the front of the shop and then there is the cafe area with a lounge area upstairs.

The menu is sumptuous offering many chocolate based and gourmet sandwich options. The service was exquisite – probably the best I have had anywhere for a long time. The staff in both the shop and the cafe were proactive, offering choices from the menu and explaining the options in the chocolates in the shop.

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Summary: a boutique chocolate shop that adds to the Rundle Mall experience. Service top class. Food is delicious and beautifully presented. A wonderful bowl of vanilla icecream served with caramel and chipped toffee was an indulgence and great value. Worth a try? Oh yes, even if you are not a chocolate lover you will find something on the menu to enjoy while your indulgent dining partner revels in chocolate.

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Fawn Coffee

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269 Gilles Street Adelaide 5000 |Find them on Facebook
Open Monday – Friday 07:30 – 16:00; Saturday 08:30 – 14:00

Fawn Coffee is a wonderful little gem tucked away in Adelaide’s southern corner – a short walk from Hutt Street. It is in an old corner shop and has been fitted out in a fresh light way – a great change from the shabby retro look that is so popular in many popular cafés. This little business seems to get everything spot on – the decor really pulls you in through the front door and once you are in there, the greeting and service is brilliant. There is something simple about Fawn – and that is what is so great about it.

The food is contemporary and healthy and will appeal to all those who like great food in a relaxed, calm setting. The attention to detail is stunning – not just in the food and customer service but also in the meticulously clean tables, pot plants and outdoor seating area. There is really nothing that you can say about Fawn Coffee that isn’t a positive.

If you live in Adelaide, give it a try soon. If you are visiting, check out Fawn – it is in an historic corner of Adelaide so you can take a walk around this surprisingly intact part of the city and combine this experience with great food and great coffee.

Rosey’s Unley

Fritters and salmon.jpg139 Unley Rd, Unley SA 5061 | Phone: (08) 7225 0690 |
Open every day 0800 – 1600 | Find them on Facebook 

Rosey’s has been on Unley Road for several years probably because it offers consistent service and quality food. Although you can get a table during the week, it always pays to book on the weekends. There is seating inside the little shop where there are hanging bottles and minimalist décor, and also in the brick paved courtyard. This is a pleasant area even on a cold day when the blinds are pulled down and the heaters on to give cozy feel.

The food is fairly standard but well cooked and presented. A personal favourite is the fritters with salmon, and the French toast is also delicious. Coffee is consistently good with no variation from visit to visit – another reason to go back as you know what you are going to get. Continue reading