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8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide

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by Graeme Fanning (subscribe)
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Published February 4th 2017
Wander down Wright Street Adelaide
One of the east-west facing streets in the south-west corner of Adelaide is Wright Street, an interesting mix of row houses, old cottages and businesses, which runs from King William Street all the way to West Terrace.

The street itself was named after a financier/leading banker in London, who was appointed one of the Colonial Commissioners of South Australia in the 1830's, John Wright.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Row Housing


Wandering down Wright Street I discovered 8 interesting sites worth mentioning:-

1. Prince Albert Hotel

The Prince Albert Hotel was built in 1852, a great example of a Victoriana style hotel and public house from the period. It was associated with a German family, the Dreyer's for almost 125 years, right up to 1976.

One of the Dreyer's, Eliza was one of the very few female hoteliers in South Australia and was the only woman in the syndicate of publicans who formed the Walkerville Co-operative Brewing Company (later to become the Walkerville Brewing Company).

During the nineteenth century, the historic pub was also the meeting place of several bodies including the Oddfellows, and from 1855 onwards, was utilised for public meetings regarding local council elections.

The hotel was relaunched after extensive renovation work in 2001 and today it presents itself as a pub truly able to service the community as well as visitors. One interesting feature in this pub is the lack of bar runners, enabling the patrons to really appreciate the beautiful jarrah bar top.

The Bistro offers a good selection of meals, with daily specials, for example, Wednesdays being Steak Day for $15 or with wine match $20 per person.

Mains range in price from $15 up to $26, so whether it is a good old pub classic/favourite or something a little more up-market, there should be something which will tickle your taste buds.

The Prince Albert opens at 10 am from Mondays to Fridays and from 11 am on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Prince Albert Hotel


2. Row Houses

Most of the population of this area of Adelaide were originally working class, so most of the housing was fairly small and crammed in, like some examples of early row houses built in the late 1870's/early 1880's.

Despite being small, it created very much a community feel, where residents would have got to know each other well.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Row Cottage - Mathom House


3. Nut Producers Australia

This company, at 249 Wright Street is one of Australia's leading growers and processors of Almonds as well as the nation's largest growers and producers of Pistachio nuts. Two of their iconic brands are Riverland Almonds and Australian Pistachios.

Nut Producers Australia was formed in 2004 following the merger of Riverland Almonds and Australian Pioneer Pistachios, and exports to over 16 countries. The company prides itself on controlling every stage of their production processes, from orchard planning right through to distribution and selling.

Almond season harvesting is between late February and May of each year and specialise in natural brown almond kernels as well as inshell varieties.

Most nuts are considered recommended for healthy eating with a good dose of Vitamin E, and the poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats are believed to be proven to lower cholesterol levels.

Interestingly the almond industry is believed to be the fastest growing horticultural industry within Australia. The Almond processing facility is located up at Loxton in the Riverland and the Pistachio facility in Robinvale, Victoria.

Pistachios are normally harvested in March of each year. Contact with the company is preferred via email, which is provided on their web page.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Nut Producers Australia


4. Hawker's Corner

For all things Asian, Hawker's Corner is almost seen as an institution and still remains a popular venue.

Located on the corner of Wright Street and West Terrace, Adelaide ,the cuisine ranges from Chinese, Thai, Indian through to Afghan and the most you will pay for a main course is around $12 - $15.

The opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday 5 pm- 10 pm, and Sundays 11.30 am to 9 pm.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Hawkers Corner


5. Edmund Barton Chambers

The historic sandstone building housing Edmund Barton Chambers, was named after Australia's first ever Prime Minister, which was erected in 1895.

The premises were originally used as a chapel as well as an Institute for the Deaf and Dumb Society and was enlarged in 1897.

Located at 72 Wright Street, the building today is the home of members of the legal profession specialising in civil, commercial as well as criminal law.

With Adelaide's law courts but a stone throw away, their location is ideal.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Edmund Barton Chambers


6.Wright Street Rain Garden

This project is jointly funded by Adelaide City Council and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme with the intention of improving water quality across urban Adelaide.

The Wright Street Rain Garden is designed to clean polluted stormwater run-off from the road. The hope therefore is to improve the overall eco-system with minimal contamination.

The especially selected plants and soils in the rain garden help to trap and treat the contaminants, with the cleaned water passing through the rain garden and back into the stormwater system. A great idea!

Even during drier periods there is a well ( a saturated zone) at the bottom of the plants to help trap moisture. Rain gardens also serve the purpose of contributing to cooling the city, providing habitat and increasing greenery.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Wright Street Rain Garden


7. Wright Lodge/Adelaide International House

The Wright Lodge caters mainly for international travellers and is located at number 130 Wright Street. The good news for guests is that it is close to the well renowned Central Market in Grote Street as well as a great array of cafes and restaurants in Gouger Street, Adelaide.

There are a total of 28 hostel rooms, all non-smoking and rooms range from double room with balcony, to double room with Queen size bed as well as twin rooms.

For an extra $6 per person, you can grab a continental breakfast and if you have a vehicle, car parking is available for $12 per day.

Reception opening hours are between 9 am and 6 pm and check-in usually occurs after 2 pm, with check-out before 10 am.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Wright Lodge


8. Juvenile Courts

The Youth Court is located behind the precinct of Law courts in Angas and Gouger Streets, at 75 Wright Street and caters for juveniles who have committed crime aged between 10 years and 17 years.

The very first Youth or children's court was established in the 1890's under the provisions of the State Children's Act 1895, which called for a separate room to be provided for hearings or trials involving children.

The court these days hears matters in the areas of criminal offending, child protection, adoption and surrogacy. Other services include a Family Conference Team, Care and Protection Unit, Aboriginal Legal Rights, Legal Services Commission and volunteers from Family and Youth Services.

The hours of the court are between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.

8 Interesting Discoveries on Wright Street Adelaide
Youth Court - image courtesy of Minuzzo Project Management


Certainly an interesting mix of private residences and businesses, all located in a quieter part of the city. I'm sure there is even more to explore if you venture down some of the side lanes and streets surrounding this area.
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Another fabulous article Graeme! I'm really enjoying these inner city stories that you're doing.
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Giid work on the article, and congrats on the award :)
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