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Heritage Buildings in Grange

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Published June 3rd 2021
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Grange Jetty
Grange Jetty

After walking around Henley Beach, we decided to also check out the heritage buildings in another nearby coastal suburb. Grange was surveyed in 1878 on land originally owned by Captain Charles Sturt. The so-called Grange Proprietors bought the land and developed the area. They built the village's 1,000-foot long jarrah jetty, superior hotel and Woodville-Grange railway, as well as a row of luxury three-storey eleven-room terraced houses known as the 'Marines'. Believe it or not, these houses were completed at 1,050 each back in 1883!

grange hotel
Grange Hotel

The Marines
The Marines

Walking further inland along Jetty Street, you will find the old Grange School where classes were held until the end of 1982. It was fascinating to hear stories from a lady who used to teach there. The Henley & Grange Historical Society does a great job recording and sharing their knowledge with the public. New members, as well as donations of photographs, artefacts, documents and family histories, are always welcome.

grange school
The old Grange School

The Grange

Not far from the school is Captain Charles Sturt's residence between 1840 and 1853. Known as the 'Grange', it was built in early colonial style and currently acts as a museum featuring many of his original possessions. You can visit the grounds anytime, but to have a look at what's inside, you'll need to be there either the first or the third Sunday of the month.

Baptist Church
Baptist Church

St Agnes Church
St Agnes Church

A couple of churches were also built in the 1880s on land given by the Grange Railway & Investment Co. The oldest is the Baptist Church with its foundation stone being laid on the 9th of November 1880, followed by St Agnes Church approximately five years later. In 1911, a Uniting Church was constructed as well.

Uniting Church
Uniting Church

first post office/general store
First post office/general store

At the intersection of Military Road and Beach Street, you will notice two buildings opposite each other. Grange's first post office/general store and hall/library played significant roles within the local community at that time.



Last but not least, just as Alfred E Haigh constructed his beachside accommodation at Henley Beach, two other well-known names have also built their home along the Esplanade here at Grange. The Dring family (of the transport and horse racing circles) owned Nautilus for many years. And, Mr & Mrs Frederick Scarfe's (of Harris Scarfe & Co) summer residence is the work of the same architect who designed the iconic Adelaide Oval scoreboard!

Mr & Mrs Frederick Scarfe's summer residence
Mr & Mrs Frederick Scarfe's summer residence

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Nice article Audrey. That Nautilus house looks pretty cool. Very unique.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2523) 184 days ago
Very informative and interesting article Audrey. South Australian towns seem to value their historic buildings, hopefully forever.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3316) 185 days ago
In 1976/7 my wife and I rented a flat in The Marines. Each floor was a separate flat back then. Cosmetically run down but affordable.
by hendo (score: 0|4) 154 days ago
My Grand father lived in the Grange he was a surveyor who did much work for Charles Sturt
by robbi (score: 0|2) 113 days ago
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