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Address 52 Mount Barker Road STIRLING
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Adelaide Hills Council
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) Stirling Hotel
Registered Name Hotel - Stirling
Significance In its present state the Stirling Hotel would seem to be chiefly the work of the noted architects English & Soward during the period 1880-1899. It is possible some remnants of the 1850s building survive within the fabric. The hotel's architectural integrity is high, as high if not higher than that of the nearby Crafers, Aldgate, and Bridgewater Hotels. Historically the Stirling Hotel is a fine example of the confident hotel expansion of the late nineteenth century. The owners for most of its history have been the notable brewing and hotel-owning firm of J & AG Johnston. The hotel is associated with major transport routes - the Mount Barker Road and the Hills Railway - of great historical importance. It is also associated with popular holiday activities of the period 1880-1940. The present fabric of the building is historically associated with the nearby Stirling Oval, and possibly with the foundation of the Stirling District Council in 1883. The Hotel is also a prominent and increasingly rare survivor of the old township of Stirling West, much of which has been demolished since the 1960s. (Robert Martin 1990 - SHB file) The original hotel on the site, the Half Way House Hotel, was built in 1859 to cater to coaching traffic on the Mt. Barker Road. It was later extended and substantially rebuilt to cater to the influx of holiday makers as a result of the opening of the railway line from Adelaide to Nairne in 1883. It was renamed Stirling Hotel in 1906. (SHB 2/90)
Subject Index Hotels, motels & accommodation - Hotel
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 27-SEP-1990
LGA Adelaide Hills
State Heritage ID 14293
Heritage Number 15172
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 6064/453 D1069 A32


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