Ruthven Mansions, an apartment building on 21 Pulteney Street, built in 1911.

Pulteney Street (34°55′23″S 138°36′22″E / 34.923°S 138.606°E / -34.923; 138.606) is a main road which runs north-south through the middle of the eastern half of the Adelaide city centre,[1] in Adelaide, South Australia. It runs north-south from North Terrace, through Hindmarsh and Hurtle Squares, to South Terrace, where it becomes , and subsequently, (at Cross Road), becomes .

Pulteney Street was named after Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm on 23 May 1837, at the behest of Governor Hindmarsh.[2][3] On the south east corner of Pulteney and Rundle streets was the elegant York Hotel, later Grand Central Hotel,[4] which was demolished to make way for a multi-storey car park.

The plaque commemorating the former Hanson Street, which is now the southern section of Pulteney Street

The southern portion of Pulteney Street, between Wakefield Street and South Terrace, was originally named Hanson Street, after Richard Hanson (later Sir Richard), a London solicitor and journalist, and founding member of the South Australian Literary Society in August 1834. In 1846, nearly a decade after the naming, Hanson moved to South Australia, where he served as Premier (1857-1860), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (from 1861) and as acting Governor (1872-1873). Hanson Street was subsumed into the expanded Pulteney Street in August 1967. The Hanson Street Memorial in Hurtle Square maintains the commemoration of Sir Richard.

Pulteney Street is the only one of the city centre's major north-south thoroughfares that does not continue north from North Terrace. This is due to Sir John Langdon Bonython[5] donating over £50,000 to the University of Adelaide for it to build its Great Hall, (named Bonython Hall). One of the conditions of Bonython's bequest was that the hall be built on North Terrace opposite Pulteney Street, thus ensuring that the thoroughfare could not continue north through the parklands and divide the already small campus.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ 2003 Adelaide Street Directory, 41st Edition. UBD (A Division of Universal Press Pty Ltd). 2003. ISBN 0-7319-1441-4.
  2. ^ Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm had made the recommendation that Hindmarsh be appointed Governor of South Australia.
  3. ^ "History of Adelaide Through Street Names - Streets Named on the 23rd May, 1837". 4 March 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Grand Central Hotel". The Register (Adelaide). South Australia. 3 June 1911. p. 8. Retrieved 9 January 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Sir John Langdon Bonython". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Heritage hall is green and cool". University of Adelaide. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  7. ^ Salkow, Howard (September 2005). "Helping a University treasure keep its cool". Adelaidean. University of Adelaide. Retrieved 12 March 2009.
  8. ^ "University Heritage Walk: Keith takes a walk in the Adelaide City region of South Australia". Postcards SA. NWS Nine. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2009.

See also

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Pulteney Grammar School