Mayo House

Mayo House

Plans for this house were approved in 1919 and it was erected for William G. Pryor to designs by A.S. Conrad. Albert Selmar Conrad was one of the 'new breed' of architects who were born and articled in the colony rather than in Britain. He practised until 1934. He is best remembered for the former West’s Coffee Place in Hindley Street and a great many hotels, residences, ecclesiastical buildings, banks, the archbishop's residence for the Roman Catholic Monastery at Glen Osmond, St Joseph's Refuge at Fullarton and the Memorial Chapel at St Vincent de Paul at Goodwood.

The house was once the home of a famous and widely-esteemed doctor, Helen Mayo. Mayo owned the property from 1931 until her death in 1967. She was a member of the well-known Mayo family and her achievements in the field of pediatrics and community work are widely recognised. She was born in 1878 and studied at the University of Adelaide, taking up medicine in 1898. After graduation she worked in England and India, returning to Adelaide in 1906 where she began private practice and became honorary anaesthetist to Adelaide Children's Hospital and later clinical bacteriologist.

In 1913, on the basis of meetings and work started in 1909, Dr Mayo co-founded Mareeba Babies Hospital and the Mothers and Babies Health Association. The following year she was appointed to the University Council - the first woman to be elected to such a post. She became physician to patients at the Adelaide Children's Hospital and was awarded MD in 1926 and an OBE in 1935 for her work with mothers and children. She was also a founding member of the committee which organised the establishment of St Ann's College, was a member of the SA Branch of the BMA and a life member from 1955, Honorary Member of the Australian Pediatric Society and a Foundation Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


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The residence is unusual in style and features the use of rock-faced stonework. It displays a complex roof form with steeply pitched gables, and is contemporary with early examples of 'Tudor' and 'Bungalow' inspired houses which are more commonly found in the suburbs. The rarity of this type of building in the city, its high integrity and prominent position as a 'gateway' to North Adelaide, give the building considerable architectural significance.

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Albert Selmar Conrad
Building materials
Architectural styles
3.11 Bungalow, 3.12 Inter-War Period (c. 1915–c. 1940)
1919 -
Architecture and design features
rock-faced, gable
Engineering features
Council Ward
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Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
William G Pryor
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
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Dwelling, House
AS2482 classification
16010 - House
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Private residence
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Certificate of Title No.
CT 5735/621 F183796 A524
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
Dr Helen Mayo
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation


  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings, 27 October 1919; MLSA, PRG 127 Mayo papers, PRG 128; Page, M., Sculptors in space, 1986, pp. 57, 123, 135; South Australian Directories; South Australian Journal of Nursing, March 1967, pp. 8-9.

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