Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 32 Smillie Street ROBE
Locality ROBE
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Robe Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Dwelling (former Davison's Shop and Residence)
Registered Name Davison's Shop
Significance George Lord probably arrived at Robe within a year of the town's foundation. He worked as a blacksmith for some years and in 1855 was able to purchase two entire sections inland from the town. Probably in the same year he built the neighbouring building, now known as the former Horseshoe Forge, in Smillie Street and in 1856 he built 'The Frankfort' Hotel (later 'The Criterion'), on the western side of the latter. It is not clear whether Lord built the shop, but he gained title to the land in 1867. Historically the building is of State significance through its association with both the Campbell and Lord families, pioneers of early Robe. Kathleen Bermingham sums up George Lord Senior's important contribution to Robe's history: 'George Lord was a member of a Lancashire family, cotton spinners for more than a century. He was a man of considerable enterprise which he used to a marked degree for the development of the Guichen Bay district soon after coming to South Australia. His name is associated with many buildings around the township, the first village adjacent to the Government town of Robe having been planned by him and known as Lordston'. (Condensed from HCB Assessment Report 1983)
Subject Index Commerce (retail and wholesale) - Shop
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 05-APR-1984
LGA Robe
State Heritage ID 12540
Heritage Number 16423
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5485/94 T441801 A35


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