1. The hulk 'Fitzjames'

    Between 1880 and 1891 the hulk Fitzjames, colloquially known as ‘Hell afloat’, served as a Reformatory for over 100 boys aged from 8 to 16 years of age. 

    Historical Thing | By Nikki Sullivan | 1880s, 1890s

  2. Tunnels of Adelaide

    Adelaide tunnel tales are a perennial favourite in the popular press, and are cheerfully perpetuated by tour operators and publicans everywhere.

    Historical Thing | By Deb Morgan | 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century

  3. Venere di Canova

    A startled Venus caused consternation as Adelaide’s first public statue in 1892

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | North Terrace | 1850s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, 1960s

  4. Ville de Bordeaux

    Originally designed as a warship, this French merchant vessel's first—and only—foray into South Australian waters was fraught with illegality and controversy.

    Historical Thing | By James Hunter, History Trust of South Australia | 1840s, 1850s, 1860s

  5. Voyagers

    The lives and cultures of ‘Afghan’ cameleers are recognised in Whitmore Square

    Historical Thing | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1860s, 1870s, 2000-2010

  6. Yerrakartarta

    At the time of its installation in 1995, Yerrakartarta was the largest public commission of Aboriginal artwork in Australia. 

    Historical Thing | North Terrace | 1990s, Aboriginal Country pre-contact, late twentieth century