It’s Kind of a Complicated Story

 On researching Beaumont House for my directed study I have realised the house has quite a complicated history, jumping between various owners. Dating from the 1840s, the house and grounds are registered as State Heritage. Parcelled in 1838, section 296 was the original allotment of the house, which then contained a small brick cottage. The allotment was bought by an Edward Gleeson in 1841. The allotment was sold another two times before being bought by Samuel Davenport in 1846. At this time the allotment was called Gleeville Farm. Two smaller allotments, 8 and 9, were created within the larger Section 296 in 1848, as well as a lot 10 created in 1850. These smaller sections were leased to a Bishop Augustus Short, who eventually purchased the three allotments in 1855. In 1857 Bishop Short sold the three allotments back to Samuel Davenport, who remained on the property until his death in 1906.
A large number of extensions to the front, side and back of the original structure were added in 1880. After the death of Samuel Davenport, Howard Davenport became the owner of the property. Howard sold a large number of allotment sections to a William Lennox Cleland. In 1907 the allotments were transferred to the ownership of an Emily Alice Vincent, and in 1911 belonged to a Richard William Bennet. The property remained under ownership of trustees until 1967 when the National Trust of South Australia became manager of the estate.

Kinloch, Ann and John Videon 1992 Site Report of Beaumont House, Flinders University, Department of Archaeology and Visual Arts.

Samuel Davenport

Bishop Augustus Short, Circa 1847

Samuel Davenport and Beaumont House Circa 1880

One response to “It’s Kind of a Complicated Story

  1. I find it fascinating to see how one house can have such a complicated history of ownership. So often we take for granted the history of our houses, especially in Australia where most properties have only seen a few occupants in their life span. To see how each owner has added to the property in their own way and then to see some sub-divide and sell off portions of the plot shows a valuable example of how the suburbs of Adelaide have grown and formulated since its early settlement. Very few good examples of these valuable buildings remain, so it is good to see that the National Trust of South Australia is taking good care of it.