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King William Street, with Glenelg train
Title : King William Street, with Glenelg train King William Street, with Glenelg train
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer.
Source : B 58005/31
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

King William Street, Adelaide looking south from the east side across to the Police Court building. The Glenelg train is pictured in the foreground.

The tramline as we know it today would never have existed had it not been for the railways. Trains were initially run by the Adelaide Glenelg and Suburban Railway Company Ltd. who later amalgamated with the Holdfast Bay Railway (Glenelg Tramline early history).

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 in Portsea, England in 1825, Sweet joined the navy at around 19 years of age 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. He arrived in Adelaide in 1867 and worked as a photographer.

Captain Sweet went back to sea in 1869 and was in command of various vessels until 1875 when his ship was involved in an accident for which he was blamed. He then retired from the sea and set up a photographic studio in Rundle Street, Adelaide. He ran a traveling photographic service from there, mainly concentrating on landscapes. Sweet became South Australia's foremost documentary photographer of the 1870s.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)

Coverage year : 1880
Period : 1852-1883
Place : King William Street
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Pike, Philip W Captain Sweet's Adelaide Adelaide : Longwood Media, 1983

Robinson, J A century in focus : South Australian photography, 1840s-1940s Adelaide : Art Gallery of South Australia, 2007

State Library of South Australia, Archival collection Papers of S.W. Sweet (PRG 742)

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition : See Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)

SA Memory, Foundation of South Australia 1800-1851 Fourteen views of old Adelaide

SA Memory From the ground up: Architecture in South Australia

Trams Australia Adelaide's tram history



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