28 Facts About Port Adelaide


Port Adelaide played an important role in the formative decades of Adelaide and South Australia, with the port being early Adelaide's main supply and information link to the rest of the world.

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Light's choice of separating the port and Adelaide was strongly opposed by a few merchants, a newspaper and Governor John Hindmarsh.

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Port Adelaide kept Adelaide and the port separate principally due to the lack of fresh water at the port.

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In 1874 the Port Adelaide Institute began construction of its new headquarters which opened to much fanfare two years later providing the organisation a place to house a library and provide a reading room, museum, lecture hall and classrooms for the area.

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Many have survived, resulting in Port Adelaide having one of the best concentrations of colonial buildings in South Australia.

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Introduction of containerisation in the 1960s had a major impact on the Port Adelaide, changing cargo handling methods and significantly reducing the size of the local workforce.

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Up until the 1960s the Port had been second only to Adelaide as a shopping and commercial precinct.

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Port Adelaide is known for its well preserved 19th-century pubs and hotels, reflecting the area's maritime history in catering to the sailors of trading ships.

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Many have survived, resulting in Port Adelaide having one of the best concentrations of colonial buildings in South Australia.

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The Golden Port Adelaide Tavern is on the corner of Vincent and Robe Streets.

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Port Adelaide voters supported the Temperance Party's platform, reducing the number of licences by a third.

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Port River, known officially as the Port Adelaide river, is home to a resident population of bottlenose dolphins.

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The Port Adelaide River is an important recruitment area for Blue swimmer crabs, Western king prawns and other commercially important species.

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Port Adelaide is bound by the Port River and Inner Harbour to the north and west, and by Webb Street and Grand Junction Road to the south.

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The main strip of Port Adelaide is along St Vincent Street, with a residential area to the south of the train station along Commercial Road and Webb Street.

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Port Adelaide is a tidal port, with several shipping berths along the length of the estuary.

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Port Adelaide is home to various markets including the Torrens Island Food Market and the Fishermen's Wharf Market which is housed in Shed 1, the last remaining Wharf Shed in the inner Port Adelaide harbour.

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Port Adelaide is traditionally a working class area which stemmed from the economic activity the wharves produced and the subsequent industry.

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Port Adelaide has a long-standing tradition of social reform and progressive movements.

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Recently Port Adelaide has had a strong tradition of helping support local indigenous populations with Kura Yerlo Community Centre and other indigenous programs.

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Impressionist painter Mortimer Menpes was born, and grew up, in Port Adelaide where his father was a successful businessman.

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The diverse subject matter in the Port Adelaide region has proved attractive to painters and artists such as John Giles.

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The Port Adelaide region is home to some notable vinyl record stores such as Porthole Records and Mr V Music.

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Port Adelaide's strong sporting tradition and culture extend into other sports with most clubs using black and white along with the magpie as their club symbols.

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Port Adelaide is home to the Port Adelaide Football Club, an Australian rules football team.

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Port Adelaide is the namesake of its state electorate and its current elected representative is Susan Close.

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Up until 2019, Port Adelaide was the namesake of its federal electorate; however, the suburb of Port Adelaide is under the electorate of Hindmarsh and the current elected representative is Mark Butler.

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City of Port Adelaide has a strong connection with South Australia, to which she made 23 voyages between 1864 and 1886, bringing an estimated 889 passengers who came to settle in South Australia.

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