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Heritage Buildings in Henley Beach

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Published May 3rd 2021
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Named after England's Henley-on-Thames, the popular seaside suburb of Henley Beach began in 1877 as a speculative venture by a group of investors. Allotments were offered for sale, public transport was secured and the isolated village township slowly progressed. By 1883, both a horse tram service and a narrow gauge railway had given impetus to the town's development with 24 houses being occupied by 134 people. However, winter flooding continued to be a regular problem until 1937 when the River Torrens outlet was completed. Housing development then thrived rapidly throughout the township, especially after the Second World War. In spite of some changes over the years, a significant number of heritage buildings still remain today. A walk around Henley Beach with the free H&GHS app will leave you informed, engaged and surprised.

Henley-Fulham Uniting Church
Henley-Fulham Uniting Church


We started our walk along Military Road, at the architecturally interesting Henley-Fulham Uniting Church. Its original gabled building with porch is still standing and can be seen at the back. It has an unusual floor design which is reflected in the shape of the walls.

Henley Beach's original police cells
Henley Beach's original police cells


former police station
The former police station


Further down the road, we found Henley Beach's original police cells at the rear of the former police station. These two brick cells had apparently contained more dead bodies, due to suicides and drownings, than live prisoners. What a reputation!

St Michael & All Angels' Church
St Michael & All Angels' Church


Another place of Christian worship stands by the South Street roundabout. St Michael & All Angels' Church is lofty and imposing. It consists of four bays of the nave, porch, baptistry and vestry.

Del Monte
The former Del Monte


Also on South Street, at the corner of Esplanade, the most impressive Del Monte was built. Its late federation-style architecture and craftsmanship made the building truly iconic in the bygone era. Originally a luxury guest house, it has now been transformed into a seafood restaurant.

Haigh Mansions
Haigh Mansions


For chocolate lovers, here's a piece of history you might be interested in. Located along the Esplanade, just north of North Street, you will find Haigh Mansions. Yes, Haigh, as in our South Australian award-winning Haigh's Chocolates! Alfred E Haigh constructed this two-storey building, which comprises eight self-contained flats, as a beachside accommodation for his family, friends and associates.

War Memorial
War Memorial


war memorial
Individual photos adorning the walls


war memorial
Individual photos adorning the walls


And, last but definitely not least, we arrived at the very significant War Memorial dedicated to those who had served in the wars and other conflicts. What I found special about this memorial are the 28 individual photos that adorn its inside walls - these 28 men made the supreme sacrifice during World War I. A beautiful stained glass window was also created with money raised by the community. Not usually open to the public, we were indeed privileged to be allowed entry. However, a 360-degree interior view of the War Memorial is available virtually via Henley & Grange Historical Society's app.

war memorial
Stained glass window inside the war memorial

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Great descriptive article Audrey. Let's hope all these historic structures are preserved forever.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2610) 48 days ago
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