Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address Cliff Street MANNUM
Locality MANNUM
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Mid Murray Council
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) Dwelling ('Bleak House', former home of W R Randell)
Registered Name Bleak House
Significance Bleak House is of great heritage significance because of its identification with William Richard Randell. Randell built the 'Mary Ann', the first steamer to ply the River Murray. It was launched from his father's property in February 1853. From these beginnings he built several steamers and barges and developed an extensive shipping business based upon Mannum. A site for the town was surveyed by the government in 1864. Soon after Randell bought and subdivided other land about the area where he had been transhipping goods for ten years. It was here that the town developed. Randell lived at Mannum (with intervals in other towns) until 1876, when his father died, and he moved to Gumeracha. Bleak House was built about the same time as Randell's subdivision and was his home for many years. The garden was 'the pride of Mannum'. The terraced, irrigated garden was one of the places visited by Deakin, which stimulated him to invite the Chaffey brothers to set up an irrigation settlement in Australia.
Subject Index Residential - House
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 21-OCT-1993
LGA Mid Murray
State Heritage ID 14305
Heritage Number 16319
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5395/872 D21080 A4


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

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