It doesn't happen too often, us venturing beyond our ten kilometre radius. On Sunday however, we found ourselves traveling further afield, not by much, but still a trip into the city to visit the South Australian Museum is a big deal.
In truth, the main reason for our visit was to peruse the Museum Shop where I remembered seeing posters for sale. In particular we were wanting one that illustrated the birds of the Adelaide Hills and thus, the birds in our own backyard. As it turned out the shop had decided to faze out their poster stock and we were out of luck. A quick search online last night turned up exactly what I was wanting plus more. For those of us who are locals, check out this page of resource links - what a goldmine! I'll be printing out the Bushland Birds Of The Adelaide Hills identification chart and after a little laminating, we'll have that poster we set out to find.
Of course a trip to the museum is never fruitless, so even without the shop having posters we had a lovely time. Plus, for this nature loving chick it was actually quite a novel experience for me to wonder a few parts of the city and particularly interesting to have my camera in hand. There's something about having my camera with me... it leads me to notice things in greater detail. The sky was coated with a white overcast and the time of our visit meant many of my shots were directed straight into a brilliant glare, but it was still a great opportunity to play around.
Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and was founded in 1836. The traditional land-bearers of this area were the Kaurna Indigenous Australians. Upon European settlement, the land was colonised by the British and became Australia's first colony "based on free settlement rather than convict labour". *
Adelaide is a planned city designed by Colonel William Light who completed his survey in March, 1837. From an aerial perspective the CBD is of a grid pattern which, one hundred and seventy eight years later, makes it a very easy city to navigate. The streets are based around one central square (Victoria Square - pictured below with the fountain) and four smaller squares on the outer perimeter. I tend to overlook the squares and regard the CBD as encompassing the area held between four main streets, referred to as Terraces. These Terraces lie as compass points, with North Terrace being home to many cultural delights including, the South Australian Museum and the Migration Museum, The National Wine Centre, The Adelaide Botanic Garden, The Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library, Government House, Parliament House, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Adelaide Casino and the Adelaide Railway Station. Somewhere in amongst all that it is also locale to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and our two main university campuses (Adelaide University and University of South Australia - city campus), plus many statues and war memorials. Yep, that's quite a list, so it's a pretty busy and important strip. It's also a very long street, or Terrace rather. The other three Terraces naturally follow their compass directions with their names, South Terrace, East Terrace and West Terrace and are all main thoroughfares, but none host quite the same level of landmarks.
* Wikipedia - "British preparation for establishing a colony"