Stella wrote much about her childhood and teenage friends in Adelaide. One was Hilda Fisher, whose family lived in this large home on Buxton Street. Hilda’s father, F.J. Fisher, was a prominent solicitor. He had this house built in 1908-1909. It…

Behind the Bowen family home was the precinct of St Dominics. The school is unusual as it was founded by and for women. Six Dominican nuns and two in training arrived from Britain in 1883 to run a hospital. However, under South Australian government…

This two-storey home was built in 1893, the year Stella was born. Her father, Thomas Hopkins Bowen, was a surveyor. Stella writes that he "must have been a rather charming, cheerful little man, addicted to water-colour sketching and the making of…

Some of Stella’s earliest recollections were of playing with the Anglican Bishop’s daughter at her home, Bishop’s Court, on Palmer Place in Nortrh Adelaide. "When I fish into my memory between the ages of six and twelve, I land such small fry…

Colonel William Light is the celebrated surveyor-general who chose the site of the capital city for the colony of South Australia. Although controversy dogged his work in the 1830s, his vision for a planned city divided into north and south and…

This enormous home dominates Montefiore Hill. It is an impressive vantage point from which to view the city below. However it was not the original house on the site. The first was a two-storey house built in the 1840s. Pastoralist James Chambers…

This house has been changed many times since it was built. In 1853 George Green bought a property with its existing house and garden. Green made additions or possibly completely rebuilt the house to create a Regency-style mansion. In the late 1850s…

This house sits comfortably among other grand two-storey residences in this section of Pennington Terrace. And as with many of its neighbours, several well-known South Australians have lived here. Architect George Klewitz Soward designed the home in…

Several well-known South Australians have called this place home since it was built in 1883. The first was Arthur Waterhouse, son of the successful financier Thomas G. Waterhouse. The younger Waterhouse was a successful promoter of commercial…

Designed by Rowland Rees and built in 1879, this house was owned by William Austin Horn. Horn was a mining magnate, pastoralist and politician. He was born in New South Wales in 1842 and arrived in South Australia in 1852, where he became a…

This house is best known for its connection to the prominent South Australian family the Downers.  Sir John William Downer was born in Adelaide in 1843. The Downers were a well-known and highly regarded family of lawyers and legislators. John…

You could easily miss this small cottage among the grand residences of Pennington Terrace. It survives from the earliest days of the colony. Similar to the nearby Religious Society of Friends’ Meeting House, it is also a prefabricated timber house…

This modest house is a rare and important example of a prefabricated building brought to the colony in its earliest years. It was made by Henry Manning of London, a notable maker of “portable colonial cottages”. As early as 1825, the Quakers in…

Arriving in the colony on December 28, 1847, Bishop Augustus Short, brought with him £1000 and plans to build a Gothic-style Anglican cathedral. The next year he was granted an acre of land in the centre of Victoria Square. However the Corporation…