Currie Street, Adelaide

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South side of Currie Street, looking east from Light Square
Currie Street looking east, circa 1925
Currie Street, looking northwest from Light Square.
Currie Street, looking west from King William Street.

Currie Street is a main street in the Adelaide city centre, in Adelaide, South Australia.[1][2] It runs east–to–west from King William Street, through Light Square, to West Terrace on the western edge of the city centre.

The street was named after British MP Raikes Currie (1801–1881), a founder of the South Australian Company and Treasurer of the South Australian Church Society.

Connecting streets

Henley Beach Road

The street changes its name to Glover Avenue as it continues west through the Adelaide Park Lands and Bakewell Underpass. It then changes name to Henley Beach Road as it continues through the western suburbs to the seaside, terminating at Henley Beach South.

Grenfell Street

On the east side of King William Street, it changes name to Grenfell Street.

Notable buildings

Queen's Theatre

The Queen's Theatre, on Playhouse Lane and connected to Currie Street by Gilles Arcade, is the oldest theatre in mainland Australia. Built in 1840 (the present façade dates from 1850). the building has had a number of uses:

  • 1840-1842 Queen's Theatre & Shakespeare Tavern
  • 1843-1850 Supreme Court & Temple Tavern
  • 1850-1868 Royal Victoria Theatre & Theatre Tavern
  • 1877-1928 Horse and Carriage Bazaar
  • 1928-1988 Car park and light industry

The building is now owned by Arts SA, and after partial restoration in the 1990s, is now used as a performance space and function venue.

See also

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References

  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4. 
  2. ^ Map of the Adelaide city centre, North Adelaide and the Adelaide Park Lands.


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