Urban Exploration – Glenside Hospital – The Elms

I’ll be posting a series on the various buildings and wards which make up the former Glenside Hospital.  For more than a century the collection of buildings now known as Glenside Hospital were home to Adelaide’s abandoned, sick and insane. Within the walls of the 130 acre hospital were countless tales not just of sorrow but also ground-breaking, world-first advancements in […]

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Urban Exploration – The Mortuary

This former mortuary once served the local hospital.  Opening in the 1920s, the hospital catered primarily for patients with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.  The care and treatment of mental illness and intellectual disability was poor and the two were often grouped together.  A 1950s investigation into the hospital revealed that children and adult patients were being housed […]

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Urban Exploration – The Carmelite Monastery

In 1935, seven Sisters came to South Australia from the Carmelite Monastery in Kew, Victoria, bringing their tradition of contemplative life to Adelaide. The Adelaide Carmelite Monastery was established in the former Roman Catholic Archbishops residence and was later expanded to include a larger chapel, accommodations and imposing gardens. The history of Discalced Carmelite Nuns extends back […]

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Urban Exploration – The Last Picture Show

There is something romantic about old movie theatres.  Something beyond the cosmetics of dated curtains, faded carpeting and uncomfortable seating.  Sure, there’s a feeling of nostalgia and history.  But it’s more than that.   I can’t help but wonder at how many new romances blossomed in the darkened auditorium?   How many dreams were born here?  How many heroes lived and […]

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