House at 31-32 Mackinnon Parade

House at 31-32 Mackinnon Parade

This house is representative of the better class of dwelling erected in the 1850s and is important for its relatively early date and quality construction.

The design of the building, constructed of neatly squared tuck-pointed masonry with paned windows and a slate roof, has been attributed to George Strickland Kingston. This attribution seems to have been based upon the style of the porch, as the house was erected for, and probably by, William Rickard, bricklayer/builder. Rickard purchased two lots of Town Acre 975 in 1853, and by 1857 Rickard was occupying an unfinished house fronting Mackinnon Parade, probably this house.

The building retains its largely original external form with the distinctive porch and unusual roof capped by a surmounting ball. The detailing of the wrought-iron gate is delicate and suggests the same maker as that of the gate to the cottage at 168 Jeffcott Street.


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This house is historically significant as a very early example of an upper class style dwelling.

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George Kingston
William Rickard
Building materials
Iron, Wrought iron, Stone, Sandstone, Slate
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1857 -
Architecture and design features
slate roof, portico
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
William Rickard
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 5819/381 F183992 A720
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
3.7 Working Men and Women
3.7.6 Labouring
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Smith Survey 1880; Jensen, E., & R., Colonial architecture in South
  • Australia, 1980, p. 204; Morgan, E.J.R., & Gilbert, S.H., Early Adelaide architecture 1836 to
  • 1886, 1969, p. 86.

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