Adelaide Oval Scoreboard

Adelaide Oval Scoreboard

The manually operated scoreboard was designed by architect Kenneth Milne and began service on 3 November 1911. It operates over four storeys and represented a significant innovation in the detail and layout of the match information it provides. Milne was also the architect for a number of other Adelaide heritage listed buildings such as the Hampshire Hotel on Grote Street, Lister House on North Terrace, Sunnyside in North Adelaide and Arbury Park at Aldgate.


Adelaide’s scoreboard has always been admired for its elegant simplicity and efficiency. And it’s not as if the new stadium lacks the latest in digital screens. As a number of people have observed, at least the old scoreboard provides constant, reliable information and is mercifully free of the flashy advertising and gratuitous messaging of its digital companion. Effective and iconic, the old board looks like it has at least another century in it. It was first heritage listed by the National Trust in 1984 and added to the State Heritage Register in 1986.

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Significance

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The Adelaide Oval Scoreboard completed in 1911 is an excellent example of an architect's solution to a potentially mundane commission. Manually operated over four storeys the Scoreboard incorporated new features including a novel approach to the layout of information which gave unparalleled detail on the progress of cricket matches only surpassed with the advent of electronic scoreboards.

It is one of the iconic pieces of Adelaide Oval heritage to have been preserved in the recent redevelopment of the Oval into a modern stadium.

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Architects
Kenneth Milne
Builders
Building materials
Timber
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915)
Construction
1911 - 1911/11/03 

Additional Works

Clock Added

Description
Construction commenced
4/7/1912
Construction completed
4/7/2018

Windvane Added

Description
Construction commenced
4/7/2018
Construction completed
4/7/2018
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
 
Precinct
Parklands
Precinct Parkland Name
Tarntanya Wama (Park 26)
Council Ward
North
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Government of South Australia
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Recreational, Sport
AS2482 classification
18100 - Historic Sites (unclassified)
Public Access
Opening hours only
 
NTSA ID
State Heritage ID
13655
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1702
RNE ID
1702
Certificate of Title No.
CR 5452/85 H106100 S1726
NTSA file exists
No
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
Nil
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
6.2 Recreation and Entertainment
6.2.5 Sport
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation
ACHHK116
 

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