House at 17 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

House at 17 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

David Gall a printer, bought the land, the site for this house in 1850, soon after his arrival in South Australia. In 1851 he had erected a simple two-roomed stone cottage. Gall had the house greatly enlarged in 1866 as a two storey residence. This was carried out by Newman and Whitford, masons; and Chapman, a carpenter. The house reflects not only Gall's increasing prosperity but also the piecemeal development of many such North Adelaide houses as their owners' fortunes and social aspirations increased.

In 1855 Gall joined and then took over the business of Hussey and Shawyer, retiring from business due to failing health in 1873. He was a persistent and vocal promoter of encouraging and protecting local industries so as to provide employment. He started the monthly journal The Comet which was the first South Australian paper to advocate a protectionist policy. By the time it was discontinued in 1881, public opinion had shifted markedly in the same direction. At the same time Gall was an active founding member of the Chamber of Manufactures and a prominent Bible Christian. He died at his North Adelaide home in 1887.

The building's form and detailing are evocative of the simplicity and symmetry of the late Georgian period. The main facade is severe, with distinctive half paned French doors and quality brick dressings. It is well constructed of limestone rubble with raised brick dressings and an unusual and finely detailed cornice. The joinery to the facade has been replaced.


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The house is a significant example of a grandly designed home in North Adelaide as a result of increased wealth and prosperity.

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Images of House at 17 Tynte Street, North Adelaide

  • House at 17-19 Tynte Street
David Gall
Newman and Whitford, Chapman
Building materials
Stone, Limestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.1 Georgian
1866 -
Architecture and design features
french doors, brick dressings
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
David Gall
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5411/100 D23335 A100
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
2.2.1 Early Colonial Settlement
2.4 City Dwellers: City, state and business leaders
3.4 Manufacturing
The Comet, Hussey and Shawyer
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments 1852-66; Loyau, G.E., Notable South Australians, 1885, pp. 165-6; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 827); Morgan, EJ.R., & Gilbert, S.H., Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to 1886, 1969, p. 135; South Australian Register, 15 January
  • 1867.

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