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Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 210 x 160 cm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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General Post Office, King William Street, photographed about 1880. The imposing clock tower known as the 'Victoria Tower' made the GPO the tallest and biggest building in Adelaide during the mid to late 1800s. It was much reduced in height from the original design concept.

A design competition was held in 1865, but building did not commence until 1867 because of disputes over the quality of the building stone. Prince Alfred (second son of Queen Victoria) laid the foundation stone at the base of the clock tower on 1 November 1867 watched by thousands of Adelaide's citizens.

The external appearance of the GPO is in the Anglo-Italian style in cut freestone from the Glen Ewin quarries and the main portion of the walls are of Glen Osmond stone. The building consists of a lower storey of Doric columns with semicircular headed windows. A bold cornice extends around the building and above this the second storey is Ionic in style with square headed windows. The building is topped with a further cornice and a balustrade. Wrought iron gates complete the building.

The GPO is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List, the Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register.


Related names :

General Post Office (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Wright, Edmund W. (Edmund William), 1824-1888

Woods, Edward John, 1839-1916

Coverage year : 1880
Period : 1852-1883
Place : King William Street (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Centenary of the General Post Office, Adelaide, 1867-1967 [Adelaide: Postmaster-General's Dept., 1967]
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
Page, Michael F. Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
Morgan, E. J. R. Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York: Oxford University Press [1969]
Turney, Barbara Adelaide, city of charm [Kent Town, S. Aust.]: Axiom Publishing, 1989
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