Heritage Places

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Address 7 Karatta Road ROBE
Locality ROBE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Robe Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Dwelling ('Karatta House')
Registered Name "Karatta House"
Significance Karatta House is a large, early, and relatively intact example of a seaside holiday house, a type of dwelling more usually associated with the rise of a city based economy rather than a country based economy as represented here. Its historical significance rests on its associations with the events and personalities of the early settlement of the South East of South Australia, and the growth of the important coastal port of Robe. Built in the mid-1850s for Naracoorte grazier Henry Jones, who had become wealthy supplying beef and mutton to the Victorian gold fields, it was subsequently occupied by a number of persons of local, regional and State significance, including Governor of South Australia Sir James Fergusson, who leased it as a summer residence for his family between 1869 and 1871. From the mid 1870s it was occupied by a succession of distinguished pastoralists, including Robert Stockdale, the Honorable George Riddoch and H H Dutton, before being converted into a guest house in the late 1920s. Architecturally, the house has some significance through its association with its designer, E A Hamilton, a former Colonial Architect, although it has been compromised by numerous cycles of dilapidation and repair and by unsympathetic additions. [Adapted from: David LeMessurier Architects 'Karatta House, Robe, Conservation Study' April 1989]
Subject Index Residential - House
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 06-MAY-1982
LGA Robe
State Heritage ID 10464
Heritage Number 16403
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5806/473 F206256 A97


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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