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Adelaide Pre-Christmas Skyline

Lovely bluey-green glassy buildings. I can see of our big banks ... ANZ, Westpac, and Commonwealth. The Telstra building is on the far right, and Ernst & Young is near the middle. You can see the edge of the POLITES sign just above the right edge of the green frame.



Polites was the name of Adelaide’s most successful property tycoon. Whenever he purchased a city building, Constantine George Polites would immediately erect a sign to indicate the building’s ownership. Con Polites was born in 1919 at Port Pirie to Greek farming parents. After growing up in poverty, he left school and set up a deli-snack bar at the age of 16. He then moved to Adelaide at 19 and worked as a general hand at Woolworths in Rundle Street before starting a number of businesses in Adelaide. After moving to Sydney for a few years to get married, Polites returned to Adelaide and made his first real-estate purchase in 1959. It all just ballooned from there. After a lifetime of buying property, making money and erecting as many blue signs as he could, Con Polites died in 2001 at the age of 82. He was fondly remembered as a generous man, keen to help the needy.


Taken with iPhone 4S.

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Taken on November 16, 2012