Cartref House

Cartref House

Cartref was built in 1882 for Joachim Matthias Wendt, founder of one of the most prominent firms of jewellers in South Australia.

Wendt came from Holstein, at the time part of Denmark, in 1854. He set up in Pirie Street as a watchmaker and jeweller, then moved to a more prominent location in Rundle Stret. He also established outlets at Mount Gambier and Broken Hill.

Wendt was involved in other commercial ventures, such as the Theatre Royal (1868) with Samuel Lazar and John Temple Sagar, Adelaide Arcade, and the Freemason’s Hall in Flinders Street. He died in 1917.

Council approved plans for Cartref in June 1882. Architects Henderson and Marryat advertised tenders and Wendt’s residence was finished by late 1882.

The house is a typical if rather plain example of a boom period villa in a two-storey asymmetrical form. It is dominated by the classic gable over the rusticated bay window, a return balcony and jettied veranda. All are typical of the Adelaide building style.


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This former house contributes to the character of East Terrace consolidated in the late 1870s and 1880s. It is line with the scale, extent and setting of other buildings as Rymill House, Dimora, St Corantyn and Ochiltree House.

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Henderson and Marryat
Building materials
Brick, Iron, Cast iron, Stucco, Stone, Bluestone, Sandstone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1882 -
Architecture and design features
quoins, plinth, frieze, rustication
Engineering features
East End
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Joachim Matthias Wendt
Original occupant
Joachim Matthias Wendt
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Exterior only
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5123/767 D25554 A1
NTSA file exists
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
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
2 Peopling a city
2.2 Immigration
3.1 Economic Cycles
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.4 Smaller Retail Establishments
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
jewelry and watchmaking
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Digest of Proceedings, 26 June 1882; Farm, Stock & Station Journal,
  • Vol. 1, no. 7, 1 December 1904; Observer, 15 January 1917. South Australian Register,
  • 19 May 1882.

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