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Well I thought Id do a few series of some of Adelaides old suburbs, and I'm starting with one of my favourite little areas:

Bowden & Brompton

Situated down the hill from North Adelaide, these neighbours are Adl's 19th century industrial slums, and although theres been some gentrification, it still has a working class feel, thanks to a large proportion of Housing Trust homes in the area

This is a famous live music pub - the Govenor Hindmarsh. It started raining when I was riding around so I was forced to duck in The Gov for a steak sandwich and Coopers in front of the log fire

The not so well kept Bowden train station (pronounced Beauden)

While 1/4 of the suburb is taken up by light industrial warehouses, there are remains of the heavy manufacturing that once used to be in the area

Hidden is the Brompton Park pub. It used to be a bikie hangout, but things have changed thanks to a modern upgrade

The little streets are home to little old stone cottages, some done up, some not

more to come
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They've done a better job on doing up the first pub, looks like a good spot for a visit.

Pity the train station is rundown, looks like it could be great. Is it still operational?
I want this little house

One thing they've tried to do in the last 10 years is green up the suburb

Some dilapidated old shops

Some more 19th century factories

Quite a lot of the former industrial parts have been reclaimed for new housing

Heres a line of row houses, which have been 'greened up'
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haha, yes that train station is still operational

this house has put ivy all over the neighbouring factory wall. It looks so great I dont know if its real or fake leaves

some local artwork

The 2 storey townhouse on left is the typical public housing all over the area

In the 1980s, the SA housing trust built a lot of these public housing made with mud bricks or something

some great old row houses

the local deli

prob an old butcher, or baker, or candle stick maker
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Fantastic eastadl. Gotta love those old ex-industrial suburbs. We see a lot of Melbourne's on this forum. Being so close to the city, they'll be worth a huge amount in years to come.
What is the name of the pub on Hawker street that is done up like The Phantom inside?
You can see the giant flag pole at Port Rd

Someone likes pink

This pub is the former Ovingham Hotel, after a revamp its called the Bombay Bicycle Club

This pub is the Excelsior, and used to have grunge feel

this old house has been done up nicely

more tracts of prev industrial land. It has taken over a decade to get this soil de-contaminated, and finally we have some new houses

the autumn tree colours in front of these row cottages

these new townhouses were finished a few months ago

an old train bridge

Hindmarsh Stadium (soccer) is in the distance

theres a few of these old ruins of cottages around

the old and the new

this old church has been converted into offices

The Gaslight Tavern - still a very working class pub

I believe this used to be the old gas works

Heres the house I want, again

OK, thats all from the inner north west. Other suburbs I might do are Hackney, and Kent Town. Any other suggestions?
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Um... all of them! How about Thebarton, and Keswick?

Not exactly inner, but what about the areas around the Port? Lots of old industrial charm in that area.
What is the name of the pub on Hawker street that is done up like The Phantom inside?
The Excelsior, see the photo above. I think I remember that Phantom now! I should have had a look inside, whoops. I cant remember if Ive had a drink there or not, but something rings a bell
Great thread, Adelaide's inner suburbs are its true hidden beauty IMO.
Itll be great if you could show us some of the central/commercial areas in the eastern suburbs. They all seem to have roads full of life and colour. Great places to converge on a Saturday morning and definetly diferent compared to the bland and generic suburbs built post 1960.
nice pics. i used to work down there.

spent many a time at the Gaslight.

reminds me of Half Days and Patched Pants, do they still teach that in schools?
ooh, do parkside, eastwood and dulwich :D

great tour so far!
Very nice.

The social housing with the 'mud bricks' create the illusionion that they are heritage homes!
Prospect, Walkervile and North Adelaide have rich interesting histories try them.
Great pics of a cool, 'arty' and very grungy area, once a place I called home. My only criticism would be is that you missed arguably the most interesting site, my okd gym.

That gym is TJ Smith's Boxing Gym, one of South Australia's lminor, but significant heritage gems. There's a lot of history behind that gym and the man who created it. Take a look inside the converted community hall and history unfolds all over the walls, a living museum.

Read about it here:

I did a major project on Brompton and Bowden in my uni years. A great deal of the area was going to get cleared in the 70's so spaghetti highways could be constructed through it, known as the MATS project. The plan got shelved eventually, but because of the uncertainty of what was going ro happen in the area, properety owners were reluctant to develop or even restore property and hence the fair amount of heritage buildings that remain in the area, albeit very modest cottages and shops. Gentrification has since well and truly arrived, but the area is still relatively less expensive than other inner city areas, attracting many artists and other alternative types to its eclectic accommodation, which includes many converted warehouses.

Another aspect of the area that should be mentioned is its multicultural character. As far as I remember Brompton contained the Croatian, Czech, Austrian and an Italian Club, and not too far from there is the Ukrainian, Belorussian and Serbian clubs. No coverage of Adelaide's or any Australian cities inner city areas for that matter would be complete without looking at the many, well established 'ethnic features'.

Anyway, my suggestion of another inner city area to look at is right across Port Road from Brompton, to Hindmarsh. There you can take a pic of one of Adelaide's most beautiful and grand buildings (IMHO), the former Hindmarsh town hall, an art deco gem. Also check out Thebarton, Mile End, Goodwood, Wayville and Unley, all interesting areas. And the salubrious pockets of Fitzroy and Medindie with all their swanky houses and mansions. Infact the whole ring of inner city suburbs around the city of Adelaide are worth showing. Break a leg!!:cheers:
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Looks fantastic, very cool and nice balance of urbanity.

That train station is disgraceful though. Adelaide is a modern, resourceful city and deserves better.
I didn't know Adelaide has such typical Melbourne/Sydney inner suburbs. Gee, a lot more to explore next time.
I didn't know Adelaide has such typical Melbourne/Sydney inner suburbs. Gee, a lot more to explore next time.
Inner Adelaide is far more urban and estbalished (in an inner Syd/Melb sense) than Brisbane and Perth (the latter from pictures). This is due to Adelaide once being Australia's third largest city, and benefiting from the gold rush boom.

In relation to it's population there are more people living in 19th century buildings, per capita, than any of the other State capitals.
I didn't know Adelaide has such typical Melbourne/Sydney inner suburbs. Gee, a lot more to explore next time.
Definetly take a trip around the inner suburbs next time, you'll find so many pockets of beauty around and a great deal of places to relax and have a latte.
I didn't know Adelaide has such typical Melbourne/Sydney inner suburbs. Gee, a lot more to explore next time.
Adelaide and Melbourne share a lot in common, arguably more than any other two cities in Australia.
-They were founded a year apart
-They were both as free settlements.
-They're both on a coastal plain surrounded by mountainous terrain.
-They both have a grided inner-suburbs lay out.
-They were both quick to prosperity, strong growth early on.
-Early suburbs based around tram lines.
-They both had a strong industrial base early on, meaning they both have lots of charming inner-city ex-industrial suburbs.
-Still both have a strong manufacturing industry
-They both saw beyond this rugby nonsense. :D
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