St Paul's Creative Centre

St Paul’s Anglican Church was one of several Anglican churches built in the city in the early colonial period. For many years the city’s Anglican community worshipped at Holy Trinity on North Terrace, St Luke’s in Whitmore Square, and St John’s on Halifax Street. In 1860, St Paul’s Anglican Church opened on Pulteney Street. The rectory (now the home of The Jade Monkey) was built soon after in 1863.

Many prominent South Australians were members of St Paul’s congregation in the nineteenth century, including Sir John Bray, Dr Moritz Richard Schomburgk, and Sir Henry Ayers. In 1909, Henry’s daughter-in-law Ada Ayers, commissioned the city’s only Tiffany windows for St Paul’s in tribute of her late husband and children.

With declining congregation numbers through the twentieth century, the church was eventually decommissioned in 1983. Thereafter, it became a function centre and later a nightclub.

The former church is now the home of St Paul’s Creative Centre, a collaborative co-workspace for South Australia’s creative industries and arts sectors. The Music Development Office, located at St Paul's Creative Centre, provides assistance and support to South Australia's music industry.  

St Paul's Creative Centre is also the home of the SA Music Hall of Fame. Founded by Adelaide radio legend David 'Daisy' Day, the hall of fame recognises and celebrates South Australia’s rich and diverse music industry. Many famous South Australians have been inducted into the hall of fame, including Julie Anthony, Sister Janet Mead, and the members of Cold Chisel.


St Paul's Creative Centre as it appears today.

St Paul's Creative Centre as it appears today.

Creator: Photograph by Jessica Cronin View File Details Page

St Paul's Church on Pulteney Street, c1870

St Paul's Church on Pulteney Street, c1870

Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B-1945 View File Details Page


Adelaide: UNESCO City of Music 

In December 2015 Adelaide’s outstanding contribution to music was internationally recognised when it was named Australia’s first UNESCO “City of Music”.

Photographs & vision in order of appearance:

1) Members of the "Perseverance Drum & Fife Band" 1872
2) A group of blind musicians photographed whilst they were on tour approx 1900
3) Aboriginal choir visiting Moonta grouped around their portable harmonium approx 1910
4) William Richard Cade, studio portrait taken in Berlin 1910 (left) Peter Dawson in Dublin 1930 (right)
5) Allison Nelson child prodigy performing in Adelaide Town Hall approx 1938 (left) Maude Puddy concert pianist and teacher approx 1920 (right)
6) Abbey Howlett (feat Dialect) - Tuxedo Cat April 8th 2016 (Spoz video)
7) Ice On Mercury - Enigma Bar May 27th 2016 (Spoz video)
8) Caberet Festival Gala 2016 (video)
9) Conchillia - Producers Bar, April 9th 20 (Spoz video)
10) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Adelaide Railway Station (video)
11) Caberet Festival Gala 2016 (video)
12) Winanjjikari Music Centre performing at WOMADelaide 2015 (video)
13) OzAsia Festival 2011 (video)
14) Guitars In Bars Adelaide Guitar Festival 2015 (video)
15) Adelaide Guitar Festival 2014 (video)
16) Big Bad Barry and the Dead Sets - Chihuahua Bar June 15th 2016 (Spoz video)
17) WOMADelaide 2015 (video)
18) Caberet Festival Gala 2016 (video)
19) Alphabette performing on the Elder Park Rotunda - Welcome to Adelaide City of Music
20) WOMADelaide 2015 (video)
21) Billy Ross Quartet
22) Julie Anthony AM OBE - AMC SA Music Hall of Fame
23) Penny Rockets
24) John Bishop OBE with composer William Walton 1963
25) Sister Janet Mead
26) Stars
27) Bev Harrell
28) The Mount Lofty Rangers -Adelaide Festival Theatre 1974
29) The Masters Apprentices
30) Levi Smith's Clefs / Barrie McAskill
31) Fraternity / Bon Scott 1970
32) Little River Band
33) Alex Innocenti promoter
34) Mark Holden, Pam Tamblyn, Steve Curtis
35) Greg Clark , David Day, John Pemberton
36) Tristram Cary OAM
37) Peter Combe
38) No Fixed Address
39) Exploding White Mice
40) Robert Stigwood
41) The Angels
42) Cold Chisel
43) Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media
44) Staff and students - Popular Music and Creative Technologies dept/University of Adelaide
45) Elder Hall - The Elder Conservatorium of Music / University of Adelaide approx 1899
46) Guitarissimo directed by Oliver Fartach-Naini
47) Fruit Performing At Thundering Women Canada 2004
48) Testeagles
49) The Superjesus – The Gov 2013
50) The Mark of Cain
51) Virgin Black
52) Julian Cochran with Michael Chausovskiy - Grand Philharmonic Hall St. Petersburg, Russia
53) Echo and the Empress
54) Oisima
55) The Beards - The Metro Theatre, Sydney 2016
56) Atlas Genius – Las Vegas 2016
57) Guy Sebastian
58) Australian String Quartet
59) Orianthi
60) Robyn Archer, Irene Petrie, Joff Bateman
61) Ladybeard
62) Skies
63) Paul Kelly Dan Kelly - Rockwood Music Hall, New York 2011
64) Adelaide Youth Orchestra
65) Ruby Hunter, Archie Roach
66) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
67) Beccy Cole
68) Hilltop Hoods
69) Graheme Koehne AO
70) Sia
71) Bad//Dreems
72) Tkay Maidza | Creator: Ash Starkey, Starkeyz Productions View File Details Page

Access Information:

The SA Music Hall of Fame is open to the public weekdays from 10am to 4pm.

Street Address:

corner of Pulteney Street and Flinders Street, Adelaide [map]

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“St Paul's Creative Centre,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed July 22, 2017,
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