Sculptures on David Jones Building

Adelaide Central Plaza 

20170209_113129[1].jpgMost South Australians and many other people from other parts of Australia and around the world will know about John Martin in connection with retail history in Adelaide. Partners Otto Peters and John Martin established a drapery store at 94 Rundle Street on 24 October 1866. The new shop was advertised in the South Australian  Advertiser on that day advising the public that they would be able to by general drapery and clothing – dresses, paletots (jackets). mantles (cloaks), ribbons, gloves etc. Eventually Peters left the business and the shop was expanded along Rundle Street (now Rundle Mall). Martin continued as a sole trader until he brought the Hayward family into partnerhsip with him.

John Martin died in 1889 aged only 49 but a long tradition followed his death.

During the years that the John Martin store existed in Adelaide, it was associated with the Christmas tradition of the Magic Cave (opened in 1896) and the Christmas Pagaent started by John Hayward in 1933. From the following year, the pagaent ended with Father Christmas entering the Magic Cave. It may also not be generally known that when the Beatles toured Australia in 1964, it was the John Martin company that sponsored them to perform in Adelaide as this city was not originally included in the itinerary. The John Martin company was also a major sponsor of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

John Martin closed in 1998 and despite public pressure to keep the art deco building that fronted onto North Terrace, the new owners (David Jones) had the building demolished in 2000 to make way for the Adelaide Central Plaza. The building that had previously been David Jones’ store was sold and remodelled as Rundle Mall Plaza, opening in 2000.

The commissioned art work on the North Terrace facade is the work of Adelaide artist, Catherine Truman. The work called A Way of Seeing was installed in 2000. It is made up of several autumn leaves in bronze and fibre optics pinned like brooches to the building. When Tiffany & Co decided to open in Adelaide, the building was remodelled, the facade altered and some of the leaves removed to make way for Tiffany’s entrance.

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In November 2007 some wonderful artwork was photographed on the old building west of the David Jones building on North Terrace. I haven’t been able to find any other photos so here is a link to Anny Studio. I doubt if this artwork is about the leaves on the David Jones building. Some reports say that the finger was in protest against the John Martin’s building being demolished. There are also reports that the occupier of the heritage building was unhappy about disagreements about the use of the lane separating it from the David Jones building. I am not sure what the real motivation was – perhaps someone has the answer.

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This photo from Anny Studio

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/

 

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.

 

The Seller Door, Brighton

20170108_08485973 Jetty Road BRIGHTON  SA  5048 | Phone 0430 292 845
7 days 8am – 6pm | Facebook

Every so often I come across a business that seriously makes my day. Having decided to go to Brighton early one morning just to check out Jetty Road’s offerings, I discovered this awesome cafe along a strip that has several others. This place is fresh and friendly  – the decor is minimalist and totally in keeping with the overall healthy vibe that is the heart beat of this cafe.

There is a small offering of SA produce on floating shelves and the menu items are all healthy with lots of vegan options. I was impressed with the genuine friendliness of Tom, the owner. This is a man who understands customer service and why it matters!

If you are near Brighton, this place deserves your attention and a drive to Brighton just to check out The Sellar Door would not disappoint. The beach is beautiful, the jetty long and appealing and you could easily go to this great little cafe both before and after a stroll on the jetty, a run on the beach, or a swim in the ocean.

Be sure to check it out! A fabulous addition to Jetty Road, Brighton.

@thesellardoor_brighton

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.

Maisie’s Books at Goodwood

143a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood 5034 next to the Capri Cinema | Phone: 08 8271 5333
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday and public holidays
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Ignore their sign. Don’t walk past – walk in! This is a gem of a shop just past the Capri Cinema on Goodwood Road, Goodwood. It is so much more than just a second hand bookshop. There is a great range of books well displayed in various genres and well priced for quality books. You are going to need so spend a bit of time in this shop to discover the  range of toys, cards, jigsaws and other treasures such as retro collectibles. It is only a small shop but it is stocked full of things that will enchant and delight you.

The owner is very friendly and happy to let you browse or have a chat it you want to talk about books or any of the interesting and quirky items in her shop. One of the many things that is great about the shop is that she stocks quite a few second hand jigsaw puzzles with a guarantee that if a piece is missing you can take it back.

Summary: quirky well organised bookshop in an easy to find location on Goodwood Road. Parking is easy just around the corner in Gilbert Street where you will easily find a 4 hour park. Service is friendly and the owner has a great knowledge of the items and books she stocks. Well priced and great value for money for second hand items in clean good condition. Worth a try? Absolutely. When you have finished, try Alter Ego and Co in Gilbert Street for a top quality coffee and delicious meal.

 

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