Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address Trussell Terrace COBDOGLA
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Berri Barmera Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Humphrey Pumps, Cobdogla Irrigation Museum (former Cobdogla Pumping Station)
Registered Name Humphrey Pumps
Significance The Humphrey pumps at the former Cobdogla Pumping Station are of international significance, being two of only 12 such pumps ever built to the design of Herbert Albert Humphrey, an English chemist and gas engineer, and two of the few known to survive worldwide. The Humphrey pump has been described as one of the most ingenious mechanical inventions of the early 20th century. The gas-powered pump operates as a modified internal combustion device in which gas ignited in the combustion chamber efficiently powers the movement of water, which acts as the piston, through the system. Commissioned in 1927 and operating until 1965, the pumps at Cobdogla played an important role in the development of irrigation areas along the River Murray in South Australia. One of them was recommissioned in 1986 during the State's sesquicentenary celebrations. [HB 10/06]
Subject Index Utilities - Pumping Station
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 28-NOV-1985
LGA Berri Barmera
State Heritage ID 10275
Heritage Number 16368
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CR 5602/826 H740500 S853


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.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

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