House at 302-304 Carrington Street, Adelaide

House at 302-304 Carrington Street, Adelaide

The eastern property, comprising an attached house, was erected for James White in the early 1880s. It is constructed of substantial bluestone walling and has distinctive iron chimney pots. The adjoining semi-detached houses, with cantilevered balconies, were erected by A.G. Chapman, also in the early 1880s.

Alfred George Chapman became well known as a builder and contractor in the 1870s. He was born in London in 1834 and migrated to South Australia in his 20th year, starting in Adelaide as a carpenter. He was the first carpenter to be employed by the Railway Department and was one of the party who assisted Charles Todd in his earliest enterprise – the first government telegraph line to Port Adelaide in 1856. Soon after Chapman started his own business as a builder and contractor.

The best surviving example of his workmanship is the Crown & Sceptre Hotel in King William Street. He also built several additions to public buildings, notably the servants quarters at Government House in 1869, alterations to the Legislative Council in 1874 and the Supreme Court in 1875.

James White was also a successful tradesman as a galvanised-iron worker, plumber and gasfitter. White and Chapman were well acquainted as they both worked at one time for plumbers, Gray and Co., after which White opened his own premises in Carrington Street. He worked on a number of large government contracts including schools and the Adelaide Children’s Hospital, as well as commercial buildings.


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This house is significant particularly for it's distinctive historical elements.

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  • House and Former Shop at 302-308 Carrington Street, 2014
A G Chapman
Building materials
Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.6 Filigree
1880 -
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
South East Corner
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
James White
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 5795/555 F182525 A873 CT 5828/719 F182524 A872
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
2.4 City Dwellers: City, state and business leaders
3.7 Working Men and Women
3.7.6 Labouring
4.1.8 Establishing communications
4.3.1 Architects and Builders
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South Australia, Vol. 2, 1909, p. 253; Chronicle, 7 February 1914; Jensen, E., & R., Colonial architecture in South Australia, 1980, pp. 354, 372, 429, 458, 461, 466, 467, 468, 471, 605, 606; MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 437); Observer, 7 February 1914.

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