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Published December 28th 2015
Take a trip into the past of the Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide Arcade was one of the first buildings in Australia to use electric lighting and was built over 5 months. It was officially opened by Governor Sir William Robinson on December 12, 1885 to the music of the "Adelaide Arcade Polka," composed by Signor Raffaello Squarise, a celebrated Italian composer and conductor who had recently settled in Adelaide. An iconic building in Rundle Mall, the Adelaide Arcade now boasts 100 shops following the addition of a balcony level in the 1960s.
The Adelaide Arcade Museum is situated in Gay's Arcade within the main Arcade complex. Entry is free and it is open during business hours. A large amount of newspaper clippings, letters, clothing items, trinkets and artefacts from the late 19th century are on display in glass cabinets. A number of information billboards provide illuminating information and fun facts on the history of Adelaide Arcade.
For example, one information board covers the Turkish Baths which were fitted out by the proprietors Waddington and Gregory, open from 7am to 8pm and charged 1 shilling for warm baths and 4 shillings for Turkish Baths.
Another Photograph from Balcony Level
Also interesting are historical photographs which allow the visitor to appreciate the similarities and differences between Adelaide Arcade as it was when it first opened in the 19th century to how it is today.
Stairs to the Balcony Level
Ground Level Display
If you find yourself in Rundle Mall and would like to spend half an hour or so learning about the history of the unique Adelaide Arcade, this small museum fits the bill perfectly and may come as a welcome respite from the heat and crowds outside.