By Lana Guineay
Time travel may not be possible (yet), but this exhibition may be the next best thing.
Historic black and white photos of Adelaide, including century-old pictures of landmark buildings and daily life, have been digitally colourised for a special exhibition celebrating the city’s heritage.
The stunning scenes are the work of artist Marina Amaral, who was commissioned by Adelaide City Council to digitally colourise the archival photos to offer a new, vibrant glimpse into the past.
‘Bringing Adelaide’s History to Colour’ is on display in Rundle Mall until April 8, and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Council’s Heritage Incentives Scheme, which has provided more than $20 million in grants to help property owners repair and restore Adelaide’s heritage buildings.
There are 2,497 heritage-listed buildings in Adelaide and North Adelaide, making up around 27% of the total listings in the state.
From Beehive Corner to Elder Hall, construction workers to dance-goers, the exhibition gives a fascinating glimpse into how Adelaide streetscapes have changed – and what has stayed the same. Check out a few highlights below:
Beehive Corner, c. 1909
Original photo source: State Library of South Australia, B3532, c.1909
Food carts, Rundle Street c.1900-1910
Original photo source: City Archives, HP1793, c.1900-1910
Hamburg Hotel, corner Rundle Street and Gawler Place c. 1909
Original photo source: State Library of South Australia, PRG 631/2/1288, c.1909
The York Theatre, corner Rundle St and Gawler Place, c.1936
Original photo source: State Library of South Australia, B64013, c.1936
Palais de Danse’s opening in April 1920
Original photo source: State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/28/382, c.1920