Tour 75 years of the city in one afternoon

Cover art of Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley's book chronicling the changing streetscapes of Adelaide.

Cover art of Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley's book chronicling the changing streetscapes of Adelaide.

Anyone who knows Talking Adelaide knows TA has a passion for the Art Deco period.

This has manifested itself over the years in purchases and gifts of furniture, homewares (lamps, bookcase, drinks trolley), glassware, assorted Bakelite bits and pieces, even Chez Wayville was built in the period.

So it is with much pleasure to promote an event organized by the Art Deco & Modernism Society of SA this Sunday afternoon (July 28) at La Boheme, in Grote St.


The society is publicising City Streets – the wonderful book by writer Lance Campbell and photographer Mick Bradley that celebrates the streetscape of our town in words and pictures by the authors themselves.

In 1936, when South Australia was 100 years old, photographer Gustav Hermann Baring took the streets to capture the state and its capital in images. His huge publication, Progressive Adelaide – As it Stands Today “was both a catalogue of commerce and a labour of love”.

Inspired by that book, Campbell and Bradley set out in Baring’s footsteps to capture the city’s progression.

The even this Sunday will include a performance of Memories of Australia, a song in the book that was recently revived at a City Streets presentation in the Barossa.

Starting at 3pm, tickets are just $20, which will go towards the Deco Society’s fighting fund to “help save 20th century Adelaide”.

If you feel like coming along, email or phone 0408850234.

Wakefield Press will have books for sale including City Streets, which Campbell describes as “a brass-bottomed, copper-plated, silver-lined, gold-embossed local bestseller of which everyone involved is very proud”.

Catch ‘national treasure’ Ross Hannaford this weekend in Adelaide

Ross Hannaford at work. Photo:

Ross Hannaford at work. Photo:

This Sunday afternoon in Adelaide sees the performance of a dead-set Oz rock legend.

My mate Chris Crago, a fellow Cancerian, has brought guitarist Ross Hannaford over from Melbourne to play a gig for her birthday. The private party is on Saturday but Sunday arvo is an open gig for just $15 at the door.

That's not much coin to see true rock royalty. Fellow Seventies kids probably remember their parents grooving to Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool, the band Hannaford formed with mate Ross Wilson.

While Wilson was out the front, you’d remember Hannaford to the side in his kooky helicopter cap.

And if you ever spent time in Melbourne and headed to the Espy Hotel, on the St Kilda foreshore, before it became synonymous with RocKwiz, you might have caught Hannaford’s later band Dianna Kiss, which had a regular gig there in the 1990s.

To get a feel for what you can expect on Sunday, read this promo for Hannaford’s next gig at Melbourne’s hip Caravan Club, Oakleigh: “Fabulous 3rd Sunday of the month residency. He’s a national treasure. He’s a unique guitar player, is considered as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, he’s quirky and he’s right at our doorstep in Oakleigh. Book now to avoid disappointment!!’’ (

There’s no excuse not to head to the Gaslight Tavern, 36 Chief St, Brompton, 3pm-6pm. You can even catch the tram. You can grab a bite at the Gaslight – it’s old-fashioned pub grub. Check out the menu here. Check out the gig poster Chris designed below. 

Or why not grab a bite to eat at Plant 13 first? 13 Park Tce, Bowden; Or head to Suzy Wong’s Room afterwards? 120 Port Rd, Hindmarsh. They're both within walking distance.


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