These heritage places are at risk through neglect, lack of planning protection, and proposed development. Find out the stories of these places and share your own. Together we can work for stronger protections and better reuse of heritage places.
The removal of planning controls and dismantling of heritage protections by previous State Governments is placing hundreds of heritage sites at risk. Publicly-owned heritage assets are up for sale to private developers and the wishes of local Councils and communities are being ignored. A number of irreplaceable buildings have already been lost and others are at immediate risk.
It‘s time to stop the rot in South Australian heritage protection.
There is a new application to demolish the locally heritage listed Seawall Apartments at Glenelg for an apartment complex. The residence was built by Ebenezar Ward in 1882 and was used as Holdfast Bay College (preparatory) from 1912-1937. In 2021, there was an intense battle between the developers and local residents who were concerned about the loss of heritage and the overbearing design of the proposed replacement apartments. Unfortunately, many […] Read More »
Local Heritage Place in Beaumont Slated for Demolition!
A development application has been lodged to demolish Bryson’s House, a 19th century Local Heritage Place in Beaumont. The house was built by Mr Alfred H. Bryson in 1906. It was located in the midst of an olive grove planted by Alfred and his son, both of whom later set up an oil press on the property. After the death of Alfred and his wife, the house was lived on […] Read More »
North Adelaide Heritage Under Threat!
There is currently an application to demolish a Local Heritage Place in North Adelaide. The applicant argues that it was a “mistake” that the building was heritage listed and that there is an “overreach” of heritage listing in the Adelaide City Council area. To quote the application: “Although the building is protected as a Local Heritage Place, its demolition would improve the architectural character of the locality rather than diminish […] Read More »
Thebarton Police Barracks
Built in 1917, the State Heritage-listed Thebarton Police Barracks replaced the former Police Barracks located between North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. The site at which the new barracks were built had previously been used as an olive orchard. Costing some £16,000 pounds, the Thebarton Police Barracks were described in The Register newspaper as, “magnificent, containing stalls for 50 horses. The floor is paved with hard clinker bricks. Attached to the […] Read More »
Forum: Local Heritage Advocacy
In October 2022, during the council elections, the National Trust of South Australia brought together strong local advocates to discuss how we make the protection of our natural and built heritage prominent issues in our local community, and in the minds of local government candidates. How do we ensure that the voices of local heritage protection are loud, clear, and impossible to ignore? How do we successfully lobby, and work […] Read More »
St Georges Bungalow
There is currently an application to demolish a Local Heritage Place in St Georges. The dwelling was built in 1919 for F.M Duncan of the Duncan & Fraser vehicle manufacturing company. It is an early example of the popular Californian bungalow style. According to engineering and heritage assessment reports, the existing dwelling is “irredeemably beyond repair” and is of “low heritage value”. Read More »
Kensington Park Villa
There is currently an application to replace this turn of the century bluestone dwelling in Kensington Park with a three-storey dental clinic. Unfortunately, the existing building has no heritage protections at all. It is shocking that the new Planning and Design Code allows owners to demolish handsome character homes, such as this, without needing any development approval. 122 years of history lost without so much as public consultation! Read More »
A developer recently lodged an application to demolish this charming 136-year old bluestone villa in Fullarton, to be replaced by two contemporary-style dwellings. The building was subject to another development application in June of last year, with a staggering 70 plus individuals objecting to its demolition. Despite being in a Historic Area Overlay, the dwelling was approved for demolition at the time. The dwelling was most recently sold in November […] Read More »
The Regal Theatre opened in 1925 and was originally known as the Princess Theatre. The cinema was designed by noted architect Christopher Arthur Smith for the National Picture Theatre chain. It originally showed silent films and pantomimes that were accompanied by the Princess Theatre Orchestra. In 1941, it was remodelled to its current Art Deco style and renamed the Ozone. In 1963, upon hearing that the cinema was about to […] Read More »
Rosary School Hall
The Rosary School Hall was established by the Dominican Sisters in 1908 and was built by Woods Bagot. The hall served as the Rosary School’s original school building and as the Catholic church for the Prospect area until 1937. Despite its relative importance, the building is neither locally nor state heritage listed. In May 2022, the school revealed plans which would see the near total demolition of the school hall […] Read More »
2022 State Election Forum
150 people from across the community joined the National Trust of South Australia’s ‘Heritage For The People’ State Election Forum, which happened online, on February 15, 2022. Candidates were quizzed about a range of topics relating to built and natural heritage, climate change, and planning policy. We were joined by Dr. Susan Close, Labor Deputy-Leader; Greens MLC, Robert Simms; SA Best MLC Frank Pangallo; and Independent MP for Waite, Sam […] Read More »