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Address King William Road ADELAIDE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan ADELAIDE Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Former Torrens Training Depot, including Drill Hall and Parade Ground
Registered Name Torrens Training Depot and Parade Ground
Significance The site of the Torrens Training Depot and Parade Ground has been associated in the public consciousness with military activity since 1893. Prior to 1893, the Military Parade Ground was located in the area which is now the South Australia Museum forecourt on North Terrace. The Parade Ground has been the mustering point for South Australian troops embarking for the Boer War, World War One and World War Two. It has also been regularly used as a review and parade ground and a meeting point for military commemorative services such as Anzac Day marches. It has been associated with various units, but most particularly the 10th Battalion which was originally the Adelaide Rifles (and known as the Royal South Australian Regiment). This Regiment has had a particularly illustrious career on the battle front: in Gallipoli and France in World War One, and in Tobruk and New Guinea in World War Two. The Torrens Training Depot was built in 1936 and is an excellent example of the Inter-War Stripped Classical style of architecture in Adelaide, particularly as interpreted by architects working for the Commonwealth Government. The strictly symmetrical design of the building and its low scale with simplified classical motifs and Art Deco decorative elements make this one of the most notable buildings in Adelaide of this style to be constructed pre World War Two. The internal arrangement of the building typifies the functional organisation of the Army and its physical requirements. All external detailing which is original to the 1936 building is significant. Internally the open unrestricted form of the drill hall is the most significant aspect. The topography of the Parade Ground indicates the previous use of this area as a quarry for stone and fill for the construction of government buildings, including Government House. [Adapted from Torrens Training Depot Conservation Plan (1992)]
Subject Index Military - Parade Ground; Military - Drill Hall
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 11-JUN-1998
LGA Adelaide
State Heritage ID 14617
Heritage Number 1686
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5948/489 F38386 A23


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