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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the opening of the Tropical House from 1877 to 1977.

The Palm, or Tropical, House is a Victorian-era glasshouse located to the west of the main lake in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It was designed by the German architect Gusrav Runge [de] (1822-1900) and imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875. It was opened in 1877 and was restored in 1995 and 2018. It is the second-oldest glasshouse in Australia, and the only known one of German manufacture from that period left in the world, all others having been destroyed during World War Two. Originally housing tropical flora, due to corrosion problems, since the early 1990s it has held a collection of Malagasy arid flora.


Address:North Terrace, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Tropical House, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918086
Long: 138.609104
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1877
Approx. Event End Date:1977


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 11th February, 1977
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:
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This plaque was unveiled by Lady Nicholls

Wife of His Excellency the Governor of South Australia on 11th February 1977

To mark the centenary of the opening of this building


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au