Torrens Weir (Weir No. 1) Adelaide

Torrens Weir (Weir No. 1) Adelaide

The Torrens Weir was officially opened on July 21, 1881. An earlier timber weir built in 1862 by prison labour had been destroyed by floods in 1872. (The sluice gates were added in 1929.)

The new weir transformed the Torrens Valley from a string of muddy waterholes into a picturesque lake, one of the outstanding features of the city. A variety of aquatic recreational pursuits not possible before developed, and the new Torrens Lake helped to satisfy the aspirations of the colonists for civilised pursuits and urbane surroundings (see Band Rotunda).

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The weir is socially significant, as it enabled Elder Park to become the place of recreation it continues to be today.


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Images of Torrens Weir (Weir No. 1) Adelaide

  • Torrens Weir and Footbridge
 
Architects
J H C Langdon
Builders
Building materials
Concrete, Iron, Cast iron
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
Construction
1881 -  

Additional Works

Sluice Gates Added

Description
Construction commenced
8/4/1929
Construction completed
8/4/2020
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
 
Precinct
Riverbank
Council Ward
Central
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Adelaide City Council
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Gardening, parks and urban space, Park
AS2482 classification
18100 - Historic Sites (unclassified)
Public Access
Access unrestricted
 
NTSA ID
2385
State Heritage ID
13658
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1683
RNE ID
1683
Certificate of Title No.
CR 5754/514 H105100 S1008 CR 5807/963 F41835 A3 CR 5807/962 F41835 A2 CR 6074/515 H106100 S1640
NTSA file exists
Yes
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
NTSA registered
Date of NTSA listing
1977/04/17
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
5.1 Local Government
5.1.3 City Improvements and City Planning
6.2 Recreation and Entertainment
6.2.7 Enjoying the natural environment
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies
ACHHK094
 

References

  • ACA, Annual report 1880, pp. 79-99, 1881 p. 69; Cumming, D.A. & Moxham, G., They built South Australia, 1986, pp. 119-20; South Australian Register, 24, 28 February 1873, 8 March 1881, 21 July
  • 1881, 11 August 1881.

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