Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 55 Old Carey Gully Road STIRLING
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Adelaide Hills Council
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) Glenalta Garden
Registered Name Garden - 'Glenalta' Garden
Significance The Glenalta garden is one of the few remaining relatively intact large private gardens in the Adelaide Hills and is one of the few large gardens in the State of the 1920s period. The property was first established in the 1880s by John William Downer (later Sir John), MP, Attorney-General and Premier. In the 1920s the garden was extended and developed to its present form by Sir John's son, J F Downer and his wife. The garden is noted for its lawned terraces surrounding the house and stoned paved terrace surrounding a lily pond and a woodland area of deciduous European trees. The garden reputedly has the best collection of autumn foliaged plants in the Adelaide Hills. The species in the garden are not unusual but their number and location make a spectacular display (Beames & Whitehill).
Subject Index Parks, gardens and trees - Garden
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 29-JUN-1989
LGA Adelaide Hills
State Heritage ID 13961
Heritage Number 15031
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5985/463 D72739 A14,CT 6206/370 D117899 A332


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