This building was once strongly associated with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in South Australia. The WCTU was initially formed in the early 1870s in the United States by a group of women concerned about the destructive effects of…

Bray House is an example of the disjointed and sometimes haphazard way many important city residences were constructed over time. In 1837, town acres 285 to 288 were granted to John Wright, and a small wooden house was constructed on the property. In…

Nineteen-year-old Henry Rymill and his brother Frank arrived in South Australia in 1855 from England. Convinced to try his hand at colonial life by his brother-in-law J.B. Graham, Henry came armed with letters of reference in order to secure…

The Arab Steed is one of the first hotels in the southeast corner of the city, and since September 1849 there has been a hotel named the ‘Arab Steed’ on this site. The first, like many early colonial businesses, appears to have been a single-storey…

The General Havelock is a typical example of Adelaide’s commercial buildings from the 1870s. Built in 1873, the hotel was originally quite severe, without verandahs or balconies. These were probably added in 1887, when plans for alterations were…