House at 78 Jerningham Street, North Adelaide

House at 78 Jerningham Street, North Adelaide

The earliest council rate assessment book for this area (surveyed in late 1851) describes an eight roomed single storey house at the corner of Jerningham and Stanley streets. By 1853 this had changed to an eight roomed two storey house. It seems certain that most of the present building dates from the early 1850s. An archival photograph taken in the late 1870s shows the building largely as it is at present, with the corner shop section occupied by W.H. Cresswell, draper. The main alterations since then have been the removal of the ground floor veranda and extensions to the south and east of the original two storey building.

The building occupies a prominent corner site, having been erected on Lot 228 at the north- eastern corner of John Barton Hack's Chichester Gardens Estate (subdivided in August 1839). The site was bought in 1849 by John Gale who took out a mortgage for £500 on the property in 1850, indicating the possibility of further improvements at this time. In 1853 Gale sold to Robert Robinson all the land other than the site of this building, and this was subsequently sold to Sidney Yeates in 1860 and resold to John Bullock in 1884. The land was purchased by Robert and William Whinham in October 1875, and after the death of Robert Whinham in 1884 and the bankruptcy of William Whinham in 1888, was transferred to H.W. Weger in 1895.

John Bullock, described as an 'agent' of Franklin Street, was an early shareholder in the Burra Mine Company and a director of this prominent lining concern. R. and W. Whinham erected Whinham College at the corner of Ward and Jeffcott streets. In recent times, the house was the residence of Henry Krips. He was conductor of the South Australian (later Adelaide) Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1972 when he relinquished his post but appeared as guest conductor up to the time of his retirement in 1986.


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This house is of extreme historical significance as an early residential example.

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Building materials
Brick, Stone, Limestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1850 -  

Additional Works

Second Storey Additon

Construction commenced
Construction completed
Architecture and design features
quoins, portico
Engineering features
Lower North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
John Gale
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 5576/310 F183921 A649
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
2.3 City Dwellers: Householders, Boarders and Tenants
Robert Robinson, Sidney Yeats, John Bullock, Robert Whinham
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ABC Concert Music Department, verbal information, 9 February 1989; ACA, Assessments; Loyau, G.E., Notable South Australians, 1885, p. 45: MLSA, Historical photographs (Town Acre 1018).

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