Hutt Street and its Century Clock
Approximately one kilometre in distance, the Historic Hutt Street Trail
features twenty significant sites along one of Adelaide's original public streets. Hutt Street was named after Sir William Hutt who undertook administrative duties connected with the new colony in 1835. By the late 19th century, a variety of shops had been established along the street to serve local residents who lived in grand mansions as well as modest cottages within the area.
Arthur Waterhouse's bluestone commercial shop
Among the former dwellings were Joseph Jene's 1899 Victorian villas and John Miller's 1874 bluestone houses. Although built for Miller, the houses were soon transferred to wheelwright George Goldsack who lived further down the street. Back in the day, wealthy businessmen wanted to live close to work and therefore rented nearby houses. The group of five villas were built for this particular purpose. Jene continued to take advantage of the rental market until 1913.
Shops owned by John Rounsevell
Prominent financier Arthur Waterhouse erected several buildings in the city including the impressive bluestone commercial shop at the corner of Halifax Street. His comprehensive development has indeed left a mark on Adelaide. CIBO Espresso
now gives the building an authentic Italian cafe ambience.
The General Havelock Hotel
On the other corner is a row of three shops built in 1878. They were owned by pastoralist John Rounsevell and had possibly served as a draper's shop, bakery and store in the past. Rounsevell had a pair of terrace shops and a substantial residence to his name too.
Named after a British General, the General Havelock Hotel
has a 150-year history and is still going strong today. It offers fine classic pub grubs such as $10 schnitzels every Monday, $12 wings every Wednesday and $15 burgers every Thursday. I reckon these are specials not to be missed.
Also worth mentioning are Rymill House, Bray House, Feeney House, Dormer House and Mariposa. If you've been to Carclew in North Adelaide, you'd notice some similarities with Margaret Bungey's Mariposa. Both were designed by architect John Quinton Bruce and have a conical turret as well as being rather picturesque.
Historic Hutt Street Trail
For a map of the trail, please head to experienceadelaide.com.au
. An audio recording is available too making the trail more accessible for visitors.