Keeping up with the Boords

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As part of my directed study, I am assisting the Florey Reconciliation Task Force in drafting a heritage nomination for a little house in Highgate (Tea Tree Gully) that is affectionately called, “Boord House”. The name doesn’t imply magnificence, but I think it is one of the most fascinating historic places in Adelaide – and only a 15 minute drive from the CBD! It left an impression from the beginning when Associate Prof. Heather Burke told me about the house and its odd accoutrements. One of its defining features is a wall with what are believed to be gun slits and which is still very much intact. Much of the cottage, in fact, is still intact, and under the sturdy cover of a shed which was obviously built much more recently.

When I went to the Florey Electorate building for the first time to meet with Lea Crosby, she was kind enough to provide me a variety of resources, all referring to the Boord family, their history, and a little about the house itself. The more I found out, the more I wondered why such a place wasn’t listed yet, and I was genuinely worried. She was also kind enough to show me the house – easy enough to get to down a scenic route off Lower Northeast Road.

The surrounding area is part of the Linear Park project of Campbelltown, with a creek running through, and is speckled with a mix of native and non-native trees. Most, if not all of the latter are old fruit trees which I believe are part of the Boord’s orchard. Lea led me down the trail through the trees and to the house nearby. Little did I know that my first problem would be waiting in the form of a big black metal fence surrounding the house, and a conspicuous sign stating, “PRIVATE PROPERTY”, and with that went my initial plans to visit the house regularly – apparently, they were recent additions. Despite the barrier, the tall black bars reassured me that there were precautions being taken in preserving such a beautiful historic building, despite not being heritage listed. While the property may no longer (or for the moment) be available for public visitation, a memorial plaque is available for passers-by to read about the house and a brief history of the Boord family in South Australia.

Antoinette Hennessy

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