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Historical Buildings in Normanville

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Published May 24th 2022
Connecting the present to the past
Normanville Hotel
Normanville Hotel

What is now a popular seaside resort town was originally a seaport for the southern Fleurieu Peninsula region's abundant produce and industries. Normanville was established by Robert Norman, the colony's first dental surgeon, in 1849. Robert owned hundreds of acres of land and formed the township using bricks made from local clay. Rich in history, Normanville still has a number of buildings and sites that connect the present to the past.

Normanville Hotel
Normanville Hotel

Normanville Hotel was built soon after not only to function as a hotel but also to serve as a venue for public meetings. It held the first Yankalilla District Council meeting. It is one of the oldest hotels in South Australia and continues to offer a range of services including comfortable dining areas, front bar, bottle shop and cabin accommodation. While redevelopment works have been undertaken, its historical beauty remains with the careful use of matching stone walls.

Dunstall Cottage
Dunstall Cottage and site of John's home and workshop

On the other side of Main South Road, just across from the hotel, you'll find Dunstall Cottage which was the home of Guy Dunstall and his family between 1919 and 1959. After returning from Gallipoli, Guy married Mildred and raised ten children here. The land was bought from John Fowler in 1884. Somewhere nearby is the site of John's original thatched cottage home and workshop. John plied a bootmaking trade in Normanville for about 16 years before relocating to Yankalilla. Today, the area is a park with picnic and bbq facilities for the whole community to enjoy.

 Normanville Police Station
First phase of former Normanville Police Station

 Normanville Police Station
Second phase of former Normanville Police Station

The Victorian Georgian-style building located at 52-54 Main Road has recently been added to our state heritage register. During its 100 or so years of government service, the former Normanville Police Station was a police station as well as a courthouse, register office, post and telegraph office, customs house and sea rescue base. It was constructed from local limestone in two phases approximately eight years apart. Besides a few non-original additions, most of the building has remained largely unaltered. It is currently being used as a pizza takeaway and cafe by Mare Bello Pizza Bar and sister business The Little Village Pantry. If you look closely, you'll be able to see a plaque commemorating this historic site under one of the cafe tables!

Plaque under cafe table

Turning left onto Jetty Road will lead you to Australia's first living Avenue of Honour. Dating back to 1915, a Moreton Bay Fig was planted for each person who enlisted in the armed services at the start of World War I. These distinctively huge trees continue to line the street today.

living Avenue of Honour
Living Avenue of Honour

Last but not least, Butterworth Beach House can be found at the corner of Croser Street and Jetty Road. This elegant and spacious dwelling was once the home of John Butterworth who, together with his brother Eli, had established a flourishing flour mill and grain store during the wheat-growing boom. Now, it is a 4-star bed and breakfast concern featuring two gracious luxury suites with manager's residence behind. The current owners are looking to sell Yankalilla Bay Homestead, so if you're keen (and have lots of money), you could actually acquire a piece of Normanville's history!

Butterworth Beach House
Butterworth Beach House

Normanville is just 80 kilometres southwest of Adelaide. Do make it a point to stop by some day and discover all that the town has to offer. This includes its historical buildings and sites too.

yankalilla bay Homestead
Homestead for sale

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I love seeing cities and towns embracing their past to help understand where they have come with so many stories to tell.
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