House at 142 South Terrace, Adelaide

House at 142 South Terrace, Adelaide

Like 141 South Terrace, this house was built in 1882 for the tobacco merchant John Dungey, formerly an ironmonger and stationer before he ventured into the tobacco field in the 1870s. His father was a farmer and butcher who owned land to the south of Adelaide around Noarlunga, Reynella, Hackham and Morphett Vale. Named as sole heir of his father’s will, Dungey used his inheritance to venture into the tobacco manufacturing field. Sometime later in the 1870s he joined a business that became known as Dungey, Ralph and Co. Ltd.

John Dungey’s success is reflected in the construction of his second house, which is more flamboyant and larger than his first house next door.

This building is notable for its original appearance and high-quality construction. Although single-fronted, it is important for its eclectic use of ornament and stuccoed enrichment. The facade is characterised by walling of coursed squared random faced sandstone with a type of corbel table. Unusual spandrel decorations are on the gable and there are pointed arch surrounds to openings. The ground-floor openings are detailed with pilasters and columns with foliated capitals.


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Although substantial additions have been made at the rear, the front section of the building remains highly significant with its unusual interpretation of Venetian Gothic forms and detail. Along with adjoining buildings it forms a centrepiece in an important townscape grouping.

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Building materials
Stone, Sandstone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.14 Rustic Gothic
1882 -
Architecture and design features
spandrel, stucco, porch
Engineering features
South West Corner
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
John Dungey
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
11510 - Business House - Offices
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5200/521 F111854 A5
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
3.1 Economic Cycles
3.1.5 Farming Boom
3.4 Manufacturing
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • GRO, John Dungey 212/24, 1866; Observer, 29 November 1884; South Australian Register,
  • 2 January 1872; South Australian Directory, 1877.

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