Now and then 11 rare historical photos of adelaide

South Australia’s History Festival is in full swing, so there’s no better time to dig around in State Library’s archives and unearth rarely-seen historical photos of Adelaide.

Of the Library’s many digital archives (which you can access online) the Searcy Collection is one of the most extensive. Arthur Searcy was a Mount-Barker local, civil servant, and photography aficionado, who took and collected photos of Adelaide and its surrounds — almost 20,000 of them.

From Rundle Mall (before the mall), to Glenelg, check out just a few below and take a trip back in time.

The corner of Currie and King William Streets: approximately 1924 [click to enlarge]

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG280-1-45-110

The same location today:

 

Rundle Mall (then Rundle Street), 1860s:

 

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/25/104

Approximate location today:

 

North Terrace, 1864…

 

Grenfell Street, near the corner of Gawler Place, 1919:

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/24/88

Source: State Library of SA Searcy Collection PRG 280/1/24/88

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