|Government House, South Australia (I'm having breakfast there on Sunday as part of Writers' Week)|
I have a thing about visiting old houses. The sensory detail you can pick up from walking in the footsteps of people from history is inspiring. I know it will inform my writing in the future as I breathe in the airs and graces of a bygone era and imagine myself suffering the hot summers of Australia dressed in layers of petticoats and cuffs.
On my girl's last day with me in Adelaide we visited Ayers House, which is opposite the Adelaide Botanical Gardens on North Terrace. Now in the hands of the National Trust the interior of Ayers House is of national significance. From the outside you don't expect a house that is actually three storeys high, all habitable. Designed by colonial architect, Sir George Strickland Kingston, the two imposing bay windows hide the grand ballroom (now unfortunately a restaurant) and the official dining room, where Sir Henry Ayers held state dinners while he was (seven times) Premier of South Australia.
|Adelaide Railway Station|
|Mary Lee (details below)|
|The Migration Museum Memorial|
|The Migration Museum (formerly Adelaide's Destitute Asylum)|
|The Rings in Osmond Terrace, Norwood. Each one tells an anecdote by a family from Norwood's past.|