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Rundle Street, Adelaide
Title : Rundle Street, Adelaide Rundle Street, Adelaide
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886, photographer.
Source : B 58005/45
Date of creation : ca. 1880
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

View along the north side of Rundle Street looking east. The two-storey premises of R.M. Gault & Co., drapers is at 14 Rundle Street.

Commercial stability and success in South Australia created opportunities for businesses to construct buildings with aesthetic appeal which symbolised a range of moral and political ideals. As well as concerns with business and profit, these included corporate image or ambition, financial security, and public benevolence . For example banking or financial buildings often conveyed a message of solid commercial stability and piety or a mining company may have commissioned a building to show off its primary product, such as steel.

This image is from an album of 50 photographs of Adelaide and country subjects taken by Samuel Sweet who is well known as a photographer but 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.

See all of the Library's digitised holding's of Captain Sweet's photographs.

Related names :

Sweet, Samuel White, 1825-1886

Rundle Street

Coverage year : 1800
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Rundle Street (Rundle Mall)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Cato, J The Story of the Camera in Australia Melbourne: Georgian House, 1955

Burden, Michael Lost Adelaide : a photographic record Melbourne : Oxford University Press, c1983

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

Our city, your heritage [Adelaide] : Planning Services, City of Adelaide, [1998]

Preserving historic Adelaide edited by Colin Bond and Hamish Ramsay Adelaide : Rigby, 1978

Morgan, E. J. R. Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York, Oxford University Press [1969]

South Australia's heritage edited by Jenny Walker Netley, S. Aust. : State Heritage Branch, Dept. of Environment and Planning and Government Printing Division, 1986

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

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition, search Sweet, Samuel White

Department of Environment and Heritage (South Australia) Go to Heritage

SA Memory Samuel White Sweet photography



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