House at 51-54 Palmer Place, North Adelaide

House at 51-54 Palmer Place, North Adelaide

The successful draper William Honeywill had this house built in 1901. He was a partner in the Rundle Street business of Charles Birks and Co.

Only a few years afterwards life in this grand new house was struck by tragedy when Honeywill's wife, Emily, committed suicide in their home in December 1908. Honeywill then sold the property in 1910. The next purchaser, Frederick William Bullock, who owned the house for twenty-two years, was senior partner in the firm founded by his father F.W. Bullock and Co., auctioneers, land and estate agents. F.W. Bullock made this firm ' . . . among the topmost of its class in the State, especially in commercial and legal circles'. F.W. Bullock was also a councillor, alderman and mayor of the Adelaide City Council and, in common with many businessmen and public figures, was ' . . . a very distinguished member of the Masonic fraternity'. The house was an important part of the consolidation of Palmer Place at the turn of the century and is also of intrinsic architectural and constructional interest. It is an Edwardian variant of the traditional Victorian asymmetrical bay-windowed villa with lofty proportions and quality masonry brickwork and joinery. The Art Nouveau-influenced joinery to the veranda frieze work and balustrading is of particular interest. Although there are few exterior changes evident, some interior alterations have been made for use as offices.


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The building's scale, construction and setback make it an important streetscape element which reinforces the residential character of the area.

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Building materials
Brick, Stone, Bluestone, Sandstone
Architectural styles
3 Federation Period (c. 1890–c. 1915), 3.4 Filigree
1901 -
Architecture and design features
Bay window, frieze, gable, balustrade, Art Nouveau
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
William Honeywill
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 5401/499 F14025 A2
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
4.4 Residential Development, Building Types and Living Conditions
4.4.1 Subdivision and Residential Development
Charles Birks and Company, Frederick William Bullock
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • ACA, Assessments, BSO index; Burgess, H.T., Cyclopedia of South Australia, Vol. 1, 1909, pp.
  • 444-5; State Heritage
  • Branch, 6628-13511.

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