House at 7-15 Bower Street, North Adelaide

House at 7-15 Bower Street, North Adelaide

These rows of brick cottages are typical of much of the residential development of lower North Adelaide built for working-class people in one of the lesser streets.

After large-scale immigration was reintroduced in 1875, many English and Irish working-class migrants came to live in North Adelaide, and between 1871 and 1881 its population grew by 55 per cent. Rows of brick cottages for rental, in particular, were built to house the influx of new labour.

Builder George Murray constructed and then rented out to labourers and other working-class tenants several cottages in North Adelaide, including these in Bower Street, which were built in 1878-79.

Large rows of cottages are now rare in the city. This group is utilitarian and well built. A continuous verandah spanning the façade unifies the individual single-fronted houses. The roof is divided at intervals by raised parapets.

The two rows take up most of Bower Street and thus provide a distinctive minor streetscape with obvious associations with late 19th-century working-class life.

The Bower Street cottages have continued to provide low-cost housing. From 1894 to 1923 they were owned and rented out by Abraham T. Boas, rabbi of the Hebrew congregation in Adelaide. From 1932 they were held by the Public Trustee and in 1981 they passed to the South Australian Housing Trust.


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The cottages are historically significant as typical working class houses.

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Images of House at 7-15 Bower Street, North Adelaide

George Murray
Building materials
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1878 - 1879
Architecture and design features
continous veranda
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
George Murray
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Dwelling, Row Homes
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
Public Access
Private residence
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5939/869 D654 A16
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
2.2 Immigration
2.2.4 Irish Settlers
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
4.4 Residential Development, Building Types and Living Conditions
4.4.1 Subdivision and Residential Development
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Smith Survey 1880; Nagel, P., North Adelaide 1837-1901, 1971, p. 49.

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