Victoria Square, Adelaide
Found in the very centre of the grid that is the CBD, the vastness of Victoria Square belies the size of the rest of the city. Very much the hub of Adelaide, the greens of the square is intersected through its centre by Wakefield-Grote Sts and bounded to the north by Flinders-Franklin Sts and Angas-Gougher Sts to the south.
It's been here since the early days of the city - 1837 and named after Princess Victoria. A month after its unveiling, Victoria's uncle died and she ascended to the British throne.
A statue of Victoria is to be found in the very centre of the square but reality is that the Victoria Square Fountain is more likely to be seen as the main focus. It was built to commemorate the visit to Adelaide of one of Victoria's descendants - Elizabeth II - in 1963. It was designed by John Dowie, a preeminent Australian sculptor whose works are to be found all over Adelaide.
To the south is the impressive 19th century sandstone edifices of the Supreme Court and Magistrates Court as well as St Francis Xavier's Catholic Cathedral - to the north is the GPO, Adelaide Town Hall and Treasury (now a hotel).
This fountain would be one of my favorites! I love the sculptures and the design.
The fountain represents the three rivers from which Adelaide receives most of its water—the Torrens, the Onkaparinga and the Murray.
The River Murray is represented by and Aboriginal man and Ibis, the River Torrens by a Woman and Black Swan, and lastly, the Onkaparinga River is represented by a Woman and a Heron.
It commemorates the visit to Adelaide by Queen Elizabeth II in 1963. The fountain was set in motion in 1968, by the The Duke of Edinborough
The fountain operates at full capacity between 8.00a.m. and 11.30 p.m. each Monday to Saturday, inclusive, and from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Sundays.
A walk in Victoria square is a very pleasant way to spend some time.
As I walked around, I found quite a few statues of famous people. Located in the centre of the square, with traffic and pedestrians whizzing past her, was Queen Victoria. The square was actually named after Princess Victoria on 23 May 1837. Less than a month later the King died and Princess Victoria became Queen.
I noticed the statues were located on the corners of the square. A few I saw were Right Hon. C.C. Kingston, a Statesman who was born in S.A. His statue was built in 1916 with public money.
The famous Australian Explorer, Captain Charles Sturt was standing on a marble pedestal with his hand up to his face, looking into the sun. This was also paid for by the public in 1916.
John McDouall Stuart, another great Australian Explorer, has a statue that was erected in 1904. This was a little different, as it was white, instead of bronze.
My last statue was of an important person I had ready many times about when researching S.A.
He was Sir George Strickland Kingston.
This is a photo of the Victoria Square, in the heart of Adelaide. From here you can take the old tram to the beach of Glenelg. In the weekends there is life music. On this photo you can see the xmas tree.
Here the Victoria Square again, now with the Xmas tree. I visit Adelaide in december so thats the reason of the Xmas tree.
This is the fountain on the Victoria Square. A nice square in a busy place near the center. From here can you take a ride with an old tram to Glenalg.
On the basis to the 3 main rivers that Adelaide gets its water supply, it was officilised in 1963 by the Duke of Edinburgh and commemorates Queen Elizabeth II visit to Adelaide.
Victoria square...as you can from the pic.The is the place where you can take a tram to Genelg beach.
Able to walk from Adelaide city.
The theme is based on the 3 rivers that Adelaide draws its water supply from. It was put into operation in 1963 by the Duke of Edinburgh and commemorates Queen Elizabeth II visit to Adelaide.