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Published October 31st 2013
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Koster's Premier Pottery Kiln


As I was driving to the One Planet Market in Payneham I struck some roadworks causing slow traffic, and decided to take the back streets to get there.

Passing a sleepy side street park and playground, I nearly did a double take when I saw a building with a conical roof that looked like it belonged in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. After taking a closer look I discovered that the building is a kiln - the last remains of Koster's Premier Pottery.

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Soft Green Lawns and Plenty of Shade


The park commemorates a proud South Australian business which operated from around 1880 until 1977, when Koster's accountant defrauded the company of $30,000 and the business folded.

Koster's Premier Pottery was no ordinary business as the popularity of their goods even today will show. A Koster's teapot is in the National Gallery of Australia, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum has around 100 Koster items in their collection including a bedpan, and Ebay has a guide to Koster's electric jugs.

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An Interpretive Sign Tells the Koster Story


The kiln in Koster's Park produced a large range of household and industrial necessities - jars and jugs, bowls and bread pans, pitchers and pots. Later some electrical goods including insulators, elements and electric jugs were made for sale around the country. For much more information about Koster's Premier Pottery, see this page.

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A Family Birthday Party in the Shelter


Today the park is a peaceful place, with well maintained lawns and lots of trees for shade. A shelter with free electric barbeque and toilet facilities provide all that's needed for a family picnic, and a family was setting up for a birthday party as I arrived. A bouncy castle was already inflated and just waiting for a keen youngster to try it out.

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The Playground at Koster Park


There's a fenced playground (disabled capable) in Koster Park too, fitted with one of the generic multi purpose structures that lets kids climb and cross bridges, then slide down the slippery dip to ground level again. A couple of swings and some educational type toys for younger children complete the range of play equipment.

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Educational Toys in the Playground


While the park isn't fenced, it's not a major issue because both adjacent streets don't have a lot of traffic. It's a great neighbourhood place for a picnic or a barbeque with plenty of soft lawns and room for kids to roam, Dogs are also permitted on leash here.
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Why? It's a neighbourhood playground
When: Anytime
Where: Ashbrook Ave, Trinity Gardens, South Australia 5068
Cost: Free
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Cool that you just stumbled on this en route to another place...thanks for stopping to check it out.
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