Cummins House is an important State heritage place in the South Australian Heritage Register. It is located in Novar Gardens in the western beachside suburbs of Adelaide and is of significance as one of South Australia's earliest extant buildings. Its design and construction method and materials reveal a great deal about the nature of building, the conditions under which people lived and the lifestyle of the wealthy settlers in the first few years of European settlement in South Australia. It was the residence of South Australian pioneer and politician John Morphett, purpose-built for him and lived in by five generations of the Morphett family until sold to the State Government in the 1970s. There are very few residences in South Australia occupied by one family for such a long period. Morphett was of considerable significance to the establishment and development of the Colony of South Australia.
Today Cummins House is a popular venue for weddings, cocktail parties and formal conferences. The Cummins Society run regular guided tours on the first and third Sunday of each month with Devonshire tea for $10 per person.
Contact Angelina Russo, Activating Heritage Project Manager, by email Angelina.Russo@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8463 7114 or 0437 366 963.