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Victoria Square and King William Street, Adelaide
Title : Victoria Square and King William Street, Adelaide Victoria Square and King William Street, Adelaide
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer.
Source : B 58005/32
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

King William Street, Adelaide and the eastern part of Victoria Square looking south, from a view taken from the roof of the old Treasury Buildings in Flinders Street. The old Supreme Court and Local and Insolvency Court buildings can be seen at the south end of the square.

This image is from an album of 50 photographs of Adelaide and country subjects by Samuel White Sweet.

Built in 1839, the Treasury Building was designed by colonial architect George Strickland Kingston. Underneath the building are tunnels constructed in the 1850s. The tunnels still contain a furnace which is thought to have been used to smelt gold transported to Adelaide from the Victorian gold fields during the gold rush of that period.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886

Victoria Square

Coverage year : 1880
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Victoria Square, King Wiliam Street
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Barrie, S 150th anniversary of professional photography in Australia, 12th December 1842 to 1992 : a historical retrospective [Morningside, Qld.] : S  Barrie, [1992]

Davies, A The Mechanical eye in Australia: Photography 1841-1900 Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985

Peake, A Sources for South Australian History Dulwich, S. Aust : Tudor Australia Press, 1987

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

Sierp, Allan 'Sweet, Samuel White (1825 - 1886)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, p. 231


Internet links :

Art Gallery of South Australia About Photographers

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition Samuel White Sweet

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue



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