New additions to the SA Heritage Register

Date posted: 05 March 2018

Number Two Dock at Port Adelaide, the Old Bulk Store at Islington Railway Workshops, and the former Normanville Police Station have been confirmed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

The new heritage places were confirmed at the most recent meeting of the South Australian Heritage Council. South Australian Heritage Council Deputy Chair Carolyn Wigg said Number Two Dock, Ocean Steamers Road at Port Adelaide, was an important relic of the state-funded wharf upgrades that took place between 1920 and 1950.

“Hundreds of people were employed in the construction process, and by the 1950s Adelaide was home to the third busiest port in the nation,” Mrs Wigg said.

“The dock represents the time when South Australia made the shift from being mainly a rural producer and exporter to a community with an industrial focus.”

The listing includes a number of wharves, four well-preserved wharf sheds, and two luffing cranes from 1958, which are important features of the Port Adelaide skyline.

Number Two Dock was also the site of the City of Singapore disaster, a 1924 ship fire that caused the deaths of three local fire fighters.

Mrs Wigg said the Old Bulk Store at Islington Railyard was a remnant of a much larger building, constructed in stages between 1883 and 1899 as the Carriage and Wagon Shop that was used to build and maintain rolling stock.

It is considered an outstanding representative of a railway goods shed, and is one of the largest and most elaborately detailed examples built in South Australia during the nineteenth century.

The former Normanville Police Station was included for its significance as one of the oldest surviving police buildings in the state.

The first section was constructed in 1855, with the two-storey post and telegraph office completed in 1863 to meet demand for government services as the Fleurieu region grew.

Over the years, the building served as police station, courthouse, register office, post and telegraph office, customs house, and as a base for sea rescue operations.

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