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Tortola House Tod Street

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Address: 12 Tod Street
Town or Locality: Gawler
Year constructed: c. 1875
Used for: Private Residence
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Please click here for photos of Tortola House.

Please Click Here to view The History of Tortola House By Melaine Treloar

Gawler Historical Rates Database show that "in 1868, William Faulkner Wincey owned and occupied a residence in the current location of Tortola House, plus land and gardens in the surrounding area".

Wincey was Mayor of Gawler in 1873 and 1874 and was a successful businessman. Around 1875, he built the two-storey section which adjoins the cottage he purchased in 1867.

The architecture is Venetian Gothic Revival with French Byzantine influences. The bricks for the front of the house were imported from Florence in Italy. The iron lacework to the front fence was added by Alfred May (see May Alfred), when he occupied the premises at the turn of the century. The lacework was manufactured in the May Brothers Foundry at Gawler West (see May Bros and Co).

The building was purchased for 1000 pounds in 1912 by the Tod Street Methodist Church for use as a Manse. It continued to be used as a Manse until at least 1963 when the Rev. Patrick lived there.

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