Old Fire Station Thebarton

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Located in Carlton Parade | THEBARTON SA (now a private residence)

Thebarton is Adelaide’s suburb – established in 1839 just after the colony was proclaimed in 1836. Thebarton got its name from the home place of Captain Colonel William Light. His home in Suffolk, England was actually called Theberton  and it was probably a clerical/typographic error that resulted in the spelling being changed. Later when boundaries were added and changed and other suburbs established, many of the buildings that included Thebarton in their name were actually then in Torrensville – like Thebarton Oval, Thebarton Theatre, and the Old Fire Station.

Even though Thebarton was established in 1839 and was the location for many factories, it was not until 1916 that the fire station was built there and officially opened on Saturday 6th January.

The Advertiser newspaper reported the event on Monday, 8th January 1917. The report said that the button of the alarm bell was pressed and the firemen were ready in just 8 seconds, pulling out the hose along the dusty street, and had the water on in just 1 minute 46 seconds. When the bell was pressed, firemen were also summoned from nearby Adelaide and North Adelaide. The hose reel from the head station in Adelaide arrived in 7 minutes and the water was on in 73 minutes. The report went on to say that the North Adelaide unit was delayed because of at train at the Mile End railway crossing gates for 2 minutes, but still was able to reach Thebarton station in 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

The station was equipped with a large and powerful motor reel and ladder. Apart from having state of the art equipment, the building itself served a population of about 15,000. It was designed with a motor house in the middle front and flanked by the station-master’s residence on the left and the foreman’s residence on the right. The rooms were described as ‘spacious’ with provision made for 8 single men at the rear of the building. The two apartments allocated to the station-master and foreman and their families each included two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The red brick building did not include any unnecessary adornments. The original design remains evident today. To see how it looked in 1920, click here.

The old Thebarton is now in Torrensville. The western suburbs are rich with history from the early years of settlement. Find the fire station on Carlton Parade and take the time to find interesting old buildings, shops and advertising signs that still exist in this vibrant multi-cultural district.

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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.

Z Ward for the criminally insane

25 Conyngham St, Glenside SA 5065 | Phone:(08) 8223 1234
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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.