A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published May 14th 2020
Are you ready to take the tour?
In these COVID-19 times of isolation, you can still make new discoveries from the comfort of your own home. The Adelaide Arcade in Rundle Mall has self-guided tours that are freely available online. When Adelaide Arcade was first opened in 1885, it was hailed as the most modern shopping precinct in the Southern Hemisphere. Why not take a look at the Arcade from their very beginnings.
History Stories - Despite modifications, renovations and even a fire, Adelaide Arcade and adjoining Gay's Arcade remain true to their original ambience and style to this day and are rich with history and stories of yesteryear — including ones of multiple ghosts who call the Arcades home. The best part is that you can enjoy this self-guided history tour either in the Arcade or from the comfort of your own home with their interactive website and audio experience.
Adelaide Arcade Beginnings: The foundation stone of Adelaide Arcade was laid on 6 May 1885 by the Mayor of Adelaide, William Bundey Esq JP. Two hundred workmen were engaged to undertake the construction under the contractor, W Pett & Sons, with over 2 million bricks from the Metropolitan Brick Company, 50,000 square feet of glass, and 12,000 square feet of marble and tessellated paving used. Ornamental cast iron from Messrs Fulten & Co was used extensively and the marble slabs flanking the entrances were supplied by the Kapunda Quarries.
The free Adelaide Arcade Self-guided tour link is here