Heritage Places

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Address 19-23 Sheoak Avenue NOVAR GARDENS
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan West Torrens Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Cummins House
Registered Name House - "Cummins"
Significance Cummins House is of significance as one of South Australia's earliest extant buildings. Its design and construction method and materials reveal a great deal about the nature of building, the conditions under which people lived and the lifestyle of the wealthy settlers in the first few years of European settlement in South Australia. It was the residence of John Morphett, purpose-built for him and lived in by five generations of the Morphett family until sold to the State Government in the 1970s. There are very few residences in South Australia occupied by one family for such a long period. Morphett was of considerable significance to the establishment and development of the Colony of South Australia. It is likely, but not proven, that Cummins House is the work of George Strickland Kingston, a noted early South Australian architect. (Condensed from Conservation Plan)
Subject Index Residential - Large House
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 24-JUL-1980
LGA West Torrens
State Heritage ID 10552
Heritage Number 9132
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5796/195 F6203 A145


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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