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Photo Library

The City of Adelaide Archival Photographs of Adelaide date from about 1860, with the bulk of the collection being from around the turn of the century to the 1970s. They include views of City streets and buildings, parks and people, and various civic events such as Royal visits and Mayoral garden parties.

The two main collections held by the Archives are the Historical Picture Collection consisting of about 1800 images, gathered together by the former Commercial Department during the 1970s, and the old Lantern Slide  Collection assembled by Town Clerk A.J. Morison in the 1920s and 30s. There is also a collection of engineering photos.

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Archives Image Library - To view the archives' photographs, visit our photo library and click on the ‘New Search’ tab.

City Archives Flickr page - More fascinating images of the City as it once was in a bygone era.

New Addition: Jubilee Floral Festival Procession 1936

We've recently had the pleasure of adding an album of photographs recording the 1936 Jubilee 100 anniversary Floral Festival celebrations.

The Floral Festival was one of the highlights of Adelaide’s centenary year in 1936 and included a huge Floral Carpet at the War Memorial on North Terrace and the colourful Floral Pageant, held on 18 September 1936 through the City’s main streets, watched by thousands of people.

The pageant included a procession of floats bedecked with creative themes, interwoven with floral blooms.  All the buildings along the route were also decorated with floral displays.

The City of Adelaide float, depicting Queen Adelaide and her attendants, won first prize as the best float in the pageant.

View the photos now at the City Archives Flickr - Jubilee Floral Festival Procession 1936.

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