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Adelaide Magistrates' Court
Title : Adelaide Magistrates' Court Adelaide Magistrates' Court
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Creator : Scott, Jenny, photographer
Date of creation : 2006
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

View of the original Magistrates' Court building on the south-east corner of Angas Street and King William Street, showing the original 19th century building with the late 20th century additions behind it.

Now the Adelaide Magistrates Court, this building was formerly the Supreme Court of South Australia until 1873 then until 1891 the Local and Insolvency Courts and thereafter the Police Court, now called Magistrates Courts. It is one of the oldest public buildings in Adelaide.

Construction work began in on 10 November 1847 and the building was completed in February 1851.The design was prepared by Richard Lambeth the successor to the Colonial Engineer Edward Charles Frome.

There were difficulties and delays with the erection of the building particularly in obtaining a sufficient number of large blocks of stone at such an early time in the settlement's history. The stone is likely to have been sourced from several quarries. This building's facade with its Doric portico is of sandstone. Many additions have been made to the building over the 150 years of its life and very little of the internal structure of the original building now remains, apart from the large skylight, canopy and public gallery.

The building underwent extensive refurbishment and expasion from 1995 to 1997 with the addition of a six-storey building attached to the rear of the existing structure. Heritage listed sections at the front and rear of the original courthouse were retained within the six-storey building.

The complex now contains 25 courrtrooms and brought together for the first time the criminal and civil justice jurisdictions of the Magistrates court under one roof.

Related names :

Adelaide Magistrates Court (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Supreme Court (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Frome, Edward Charles, 1802-1890

Lambeth, Richard

Coverage year : 2006
Period : 21st century
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :
Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990
Morgan, E.J.R Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886 Melbourne, New York: Oxford University Press [1969]
Queale, Michael Adelaide's architecture and art: a walking guide Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1996
Loren, Marisa G Court houses in Adelaide, 1837-1988 [Wagga Wagga: M.G. Loren], c1989
Page, Michael F. Sculptors in space : South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986
Fischer, Peter Vintage Adelaide [Adelaide]: Heritage Press, 1989
Turney, Barbara Adelaide, city of charm [Kent Town, S. Aust.]: Axiom Publishing, 1989
Ioannou, Noris Artists and architects, in The Advertiser, 14 November 1997, page 64 Steene, Mark New $31m 'Palace of justice' ready to hold court, in The Advertiser, 10 October 1997 page 11New Adelaide Magistrate's Court, in The Advertiser, 14 November 1997, page 69

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