Adelaide Gems: Square Mile Squared Tour


April 20, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

IMG_2448Hands up who has ever walked past a placque or statue in your town and or while away on holidays “curious” what it might be, but you never get to see? EmbarassedEmbarassed

I’ll even give “extra credit” today if you previously have known what a theodolite is. πŸ™‚

Our WONDERFUL Community Manager Chloe at (as part of the Unofficial Yelp Event – Square Mile Squared Tour) today advised to meet at the Light Square theodolite “on the dot” (translation? “on time” πŸ˜‰ )

I “quickly” asked my friend Mr. Google, if he could help me direct me. πŸ˜‰

A theodolite is an instrument used for “measuring angles in horizontal and vertical planes.”

For those who have YET to visit Adelaide, Colonel William Light (Adelaide’s Founder andΒ  First Surveyor-General) arrived in Adelaide in 1836 with the task of determining a site for Adelaide.

Born in Malaysia, Colonel Light’s dream was to emulate his father to “find a free settlement in a new colony far away.”

The meeting place wasΒ the granite obelisk (“tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top”) and it marks the commencement of Colonel Light’s survey; located on the northern side of the intersection. Colonel Light is buried under his monument andΒ Colonel Light is “the only person legally buried within the Adelaide CBD.” (Central Business District)


Look HOW much I have “already” learned and the tour has not started too! πŸ˜‰

Our first stop was Alec’s Hairdresser; established almost 40 years ago. I LOVE history of cities and was glad to be introduced to Alec and his PASSION for hairdressing through this Square Mile Squared Tour. Anyone who has seen or experienced an “old world authentic barber shop” would take pride this business has “thrived” through MANY generations too! πŸ™‚


Our next stop was The Map Shop.

Little did I know that it is “the largest map shop in the Southern Hemisphere” ( I probably should get out more lol) and thanks to Antony (our store host), I learned not only about how maps are made but how map making has kept up with technology! They even offer hands on courses for GPS!

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Our next stop was the “quirky, eccentric, artsyMagazine Gallery.

Think of it as a cross between an art gallery, an artist studio, and a GREAT place to catch up with friends for tea. πŸ™‚

From our lovely host, we were able to sample “beautiful Scullery Made Tea Β brewed UNIQUELY in the Barossa Valley by Cherie! πŸ˜‰

There was a wide variety of teas for sampling such as Chocolate Marmalade, Green Apple, Barossa Breakfast, Sunday Roast, Rainwater Mint, Chamomile Citron and MY FAVE Wine and Roses!

“Wine & Roses is an extremely flavoursome and elegant herbal tea. Β Made with handpicked, pesticide free rose petals, wild rosehips from Koonunga Hill, Barossa muscatels, cornflowers and local wax free lemon zest, this blend really shows off the edible beauty of the Barossa. Also gorgeous as an iced drink in Summer, with a natural sweetness that needs no added sugar. Or try it as a base for poaching fruit in – the resulting rubescent syrup is reason enough, let alone the flavour.”

I can’t wait to try to infuse this in a food project coming soon! πŸ™‚

I “wonder” based on the photos, did they KNOW I was coming! lol πŸ˜‰

IMG_2471IMG_2477Imprints Booksellers was next on our list! Another Adelaide gem that was discovered and I was glad I did not miss! Thanks to Jason (our store host), Imprint Booksellers is “a treasure trove of books, with so many topics to explore!”

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Last on our list was the Jerusalem Sheshkabab House πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The Jerusalem House has been a “pillar of the community” for MANY generations now, TRUE! You can FEEL the LOVE and PASSION in their food!

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the felafel wrap as well as my friends. I LOVED the hummus dip served with bread, and the marinated shish kabab “melted in your mouth” people said.


WHO has been a “Tourist In Their Own Town” too! I would LOVE to have your comments what’s U-N-I-Q-U-E and special aboutΒ YOUR town, TRUE!

If YOU were a tour guide in YOUR own town, what foods would YOU “introduce” me to?

I REALLY enjoyed myself today with good friends Princess Oriana and Princess WHAT?!!
I should REALLY get out more as there is SO much in Adelaide, I too have YET to explore! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “Adelaide Gems: Square Mile Squared Tour

  1. Thanks for sharing your city with us Joanne! I always think that hanging out with food loving locals is the best way to see a place πŸ˜€

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