Wellington Hotel

Wellington Hotel

The first owner of the Wellington Hotel, not the present building, was Edwin Cox, a carrier, who bought the land in 1848, licensed a hotel in 1851, and named it the Duke of Wellington.

In 1876 the hotel was sold to the brewing company Haussen & Co. and remained in its ownership for well over a hundred years. This brewery was set up by E.J.F. Crawford in 1843 as the Hindmarsh Brewery. In 1868 the name changed to become Haussen & Catchlove, and six years later when the Botting family bought the business became Haussen & Co. The company changed the hotel’s name to the Wellington Inn, and in 1884 engaged the architects Bayer and Withall to design a new building.

A tender “for the rebuilding of the Wellington Inn, Wellington Square, North Adelaide” appeared in the South Australian Register of October 1, 1884. This was carried out in 1885 and in November of 1886 the hotel’s rateable value was increased from £90 to £120.


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The hotel is typical of many of Adelaide’s hostelries of the time, but is important due to its high level of detailing and the relatively original state of the major facades. The cantilevered balcony is unusual for its timber detailing rather than the cast-iron embellishment of hotels of the earlier boom period. Veranda brackets reminiscent of the Chinese Chippendale style, as well as the crisp label moulds, are distinctive. The hotel is an important visual element in Wellington Square and is enhanced by its corner siting.

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Images of Wellington Hotel

  • Wellington Hotel, 1994
Ernest Bayer, Latham Withall
Building materials
Render, Stucco, Stone, Limestone, Timber
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890)
1885 -
Architecture and design features
Engineering features
Upper North Adelaide
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Haussen and Company
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Hotel
AS2482 classification
10510 - Hotel - Motel - Inn
Public Access
Business/trading hours
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5172/7 F106413 A10
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
3.5 Commercial, Marketing & Retail
3.5.5 A City of Pubs
4.7 Memorable Development Eras
Edwin Cox
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Assessments, Smith Survey 1880; GRO, Book 13, folio 187 (Edwin Cox); Hoad, J.L., Hotels and publicans in South Australia 1836-1984, 1986, part 3, p. 665; Jensen, E., & R., Colonial architecture in South Australia, 1980, p. 153; PRO, Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings, 1339/68/26.5.1936; South Australian Register, 1 October 1884; Ward, M.H., Some brief records of brewing in South Australia, 1950, pp. 7-8.

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