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Opening of the Adelaide Arcade
Title : Opening of the Adelaide Arcade Opening of the Adelaide Arcade
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Source : Adelaide observer, 19 December 1885, p. 33
Date of creation : 1885
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :
Adelaide Arcade is situated between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street. It is also connected to Twin Street by Gays Arcade.
The Arcade was opened on 19 December 1885 and had a number of luxury highlights - Carrara marble from Italy was used in its construction, it was one of the first buildings in Adelaide to have electric lighting and it featured Turkish baths.

This newspaper article reports on the opening ceremony of the Arcade. The writer describes how the electric lights flickered on and off as if they had "hiccups" but notes that despite the crowds of sightseers "no serious accident € occurred".

Coverage year : 1885
Place : Rundle Street (Adelaide, S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
The history of Adelaide Arcade, [Adelaide: Adelaide Arcade Pty Ltd, 199-?]
Internet links :
Adelaide Arcade website : includes the history of the Arcade



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