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General Post Office, Adelaide
Title : General Post Office, Adelaide General Post Office, Adelaide
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer
Source : B 58005/11
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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The General Post Office on the corner of King William and Franklin Streets, seen from a south-east position in Victoria Square. The foundation stone was laid in November 1867 by HRH Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh. The building was completed in May 1872, and the tower clock and bell were installed in 1876.

This image is from an album of 50 photographs of Adelaide and country subjects.

Samuel Sweet is well known as a photographer but he was also a ship's captain and a surveyor. Born at Portsea, England in 1825, Sweet joined the navy at around nineteen and traveled extensively to China and India. He was commander of the Pizarro (ship) and then the Sarah Neumann (ship) for N. J. Myers Son & Co. of Liverpool.

In 1867 he arrived in Adelaide where he worked as a photographer. He returned to sea again in 1869 and was in command of various vessels until 1875 when his ship, the Wallaroo, was involved in an accident. Captain Sweet was blamed and following an enquiry, retired from the sea.

He then set up a photographic studio in Rundle Street, running a traveling photographic service from there. Sweet concentrated mainly on landscapes and became the colony's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s.


Related names :

White, Elizabeth (Tilly)

Period : 1852-1883
Place : King William Street
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Internet links :

Australian dictionary of biography online edition see: Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)



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