Some old photos

This is my story board for ‘This is our town’. I love this process.


To give some context regarding where I come from and why I am doing this project, I’ve added old postcards and old photos of mine. Here are some of them …

Skating Rink

The old Skating Rink, circa 1978, since long gone. Roller skating was a very popular activity back in the day.



The Octagon Theatre. Amongst many other events, back in the late 60s and early 70s many great local and interstate bands played here. Since demolished.

Dust storm 1968 (?)

The great dust storm of 1968. Photographer, Forbes Fotography.

Celebrity Coffee Lounge 1979

Some local lads hangin’ round the Celebrity Coffee Lounge at Elizabeth Shopping Centre, 1979.

Craigmore 1983

Craigmore, 1983. From the series ‘Suburban Landscapes’.


Partially demolished flats adjacent to the Elizabeth Shopping Centre, 1996. This is the site for the future Playford Arena.


My Brother at the back of our old place

My brother Rindert (RIP) at the back of our old place in Elizabeth East. Early 70s.

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An old postcard. Date unknown. The statue and fountain have since been relocated.

Cruisin’ …

Usually when I visit Elizabeth for meetings I like to go cruising around looking out for interesting things to photograph.

On one particular visit recently the weather gods were smiling down giving me just the right kind of cloud cover that I love.


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Futura site, Edinburgh Park

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Doggies Mural, Edinburgh Park

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Elizabeth Vale

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Elizabeth Grove

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Philip Highway

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Elizabeth Shopping Centre

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I photographed this old ‘double banger’ back in 2015 …

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That same, much improved, site now.

Rear Admiral the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd)

The current Chancellor of the University of Adelaide served as SA’s Governor from 2007 to 2014. What many people may not know is that Kevin Scarce left Elizabeth as a 15-year-old to join the Navy, the start of a highly distinguished career that saw him attain the rank of Rear Admiral. Even with a long list of honours and achievements, Kevin is very down to earth. His links to his home town remain strong. As for Elizabeth’s future post-Holden, he feels “cautiously optimistic”.

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Grace Community Church of Christ

For the local South Sudanese community, having access to the Elizabeth Church of Christ on a Sunday enables them to gather together and worship. This they do with much colour, singing and vibrancy, an uplifting experience to witness. Many have suffered in ways that can be hard to comprehend. A combined service is held each month where all members of Elizabeth Church of Christ can attend. For the South Sudanese community this is a wonderful opportunity to integrate and get to know the broader community.

Playford City Tennis Centre

Spruence Road oval, the scene of many footy, soccer and cricket matches over the last fifty odd years has undergone a major transformation. Provided by the City of Playford Council, the Playford City Tennis Centre is an impressive sight. For some, there can’t help be a slight touch of nostalgia thinking about playing on that ground with their mates in their younger days…


April 2016

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