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Historic Building on the Move

Local Adelaide printer discovers interesting story about one of Victoria Square's old buildings.

Could it be that a 1000 tonne structure had moved metres along Victoria Square?  Local trader Peter Veld from Kwik Kopy installed a large photo of the original buildings along Victoria Square from Grote to Franklin Streets on his shop window on the corner of Franklin Street and discovered something very interesting.  

One of the buildings had appeared to have moved.  If you have a look at the plaque on the SA Harbour Board Building you will see that on the 8th December 1979, prior to the construction of the adjoining SGIC building, the 1000 tonne structure was moved on rollers along concrete and steel runway beams using hydraulic rams to his new position.  The original building was erected 34 metres to the South of the bulding.  

The site is becoming quite a tourist destination as visitors compare the historic photo on the window of Kwik Kopy with the buildings as they now stand.