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Government offices, south view
Title : Government offices, south view Government offices, south view
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Creator : Nixon, Frederick Robert, d.1860, artist
Source : B 7188/2
Date of creation : 1845
Format : Artwork
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The Government Offices, located on the corner of Flinders and King William Street and facing Victoria Square.

The current classically inspired building replaced a single storey structure built to George Strickland Kingston's design in 1839 which included accommodation for the Colonial Secretary, the Colonial Treasurer, Accountant General, Land Office and the Survey Office. Most of Kingston's building was demolished in stages to make way for the two and three storey additions that were built between 1858 and 1907.

The heritage listed building was surplus to government requirements during the 1990s and eventually was acquired and sensitively refurbished as hotel apartments. The Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury as it is now, received an Award of Merit at the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation.

See also SLSA collection B 9483/10.
Related names :

Government Offices (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Treasury Building (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1845
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Adelaide, South Australia
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide edited by Susan Marsden, Paul Stark and Patricia Sumerling. Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990

Dibden, Jacqueline A. George Strickland Kingston and the provision of a "permanent outfit" for South Australia 1965

Langmead, Donald Accidental architect Darlinghurst, N.S.W.: Crossing Press, 1994

Morgan, EJR. Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York: Oxford University Press [1969]

Treasury building conservation study Adelaide, S. Aust.: Lothar Brasse, [n.d.]

Adelaide City Council, Treasury Building [Adelaide]: Public Buildings Dept., [1983]

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