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Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens II

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Sculptures and Colour at Stangate House
Stangate House, located at 3 Edgeware Road Aldgate, is a unique heritage property originally designed by architect Eric McMichael. This stunning house is set in four acres of equally stunning gardens and boasts one of the most beautiful camellia gardens in Australia.

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Stangate House Photo courtesy of Stangate House facebook page


From 28 April to 7 May 2017, the Stirling Rotary Club will present their second Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens exhibition in Stangate house and garden from 11 am to 5 pm. The exhibition is curated by Tim Boon with works presented in glass, timber, stone, bronze and multimedia created by twenty well-known and emerging South Australian artists such as David Hamilton, Donna Brink Reid and Quentin Gore.

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Photo courtesy of Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens facebook page


The land on which the house now sits was originally granted to Robert Thomas, the co-founder and proprietor of the South Australian Gazette and the Colonial Register and printer of the 1836 proclamation of South Australia. Robert's granddaughter Florence inherited the land by 1898, which she then left to her daughter Florence (Gwenyth).

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Photo courtesy of Stangate House website


Following the marriage of Gwenyth to Raymond Cornish on 5 August 1927, planning to build the house was undertaken in London between 1937 and 1939. The house itself however, was not complete until June 1940 after being commenced the previous January and was named Stangate after Stangate in London.

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Photo courtesy of Stangate House facebook page


Occupied by Raymond and Gwenyth, the Cornish's took great pleasure in developing their garden with the assistance of Raymond's sister Elsie Cornish, who was a well-known landscape gardener in Adelaide.

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Photo courtesy of Stangate House facebook page


The sculptures are set amongst the colours of our amazing South Australian autumn with budding camellias to delight visitors. Activities are available for children to encourage them to explore the works. While the exhibition is free to view, the National Trust request a $5 donation to see the house and gardens.

stangate house, Aldgate, gwenyth and Robert Cornish, national trust, rotary club, sculpture for interiors and gardens, camellias, garden, south Australia, landscape
Photo courtesy of Stangate House facebook page


There will be a creative day on Saturday 29 April 2017 and you can bring the children along on Sunday 30 April 2017 to try their hand at building their own shelter. There will be qualified teachers available to assist and prizes to be won.

stangate house, Aldgate, gwenyth and Robert Cornish, national trust, rotary club, sculpture for interiors and gardens, camellias, garden, south Australia, landscape
Tim Boon - Photo courtesy of Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens facebook event


The Rotary Club will also be running a lottery where you could win an original Carla Blair painting. The Rotary Shelter Box will be in action and works will be available for purchase to enhance your house or garden. All profits go to support ShelterBox Australia.

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Photo by Vassili Balocco, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported


The property was bequeathed to the National Trust following the passing of Gwenyth around 1970 and is currently managed by the Mt Lofty Branch of the Trust. The property is now available for hire for indoor and outdoor functions as well as tours of the house and garden. Information on hiring the property is available at the website or you can make enquiries by contacting 0408 081 124 or emailing.

The property is open for viewing every fourth Sunday. The cost is $5 adults and children free.
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Why? View a uniquely historical South Australian home and garden.
When: Friday 28 April to Sunday 7 May 2017
Phone: www.stangatehouse.org.au/
Where: Stangate House, 3 Edgeward Road, Aldgate
Cost: Free enter however a $5 donation to the National Trust is appreciated.
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