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Australian History

Thursday, July 18, 1878. :   The foundation stone for South Australia's grand Vice-Regal Summer Residence, Marble Hill, is laid.

     Marble Hill was the grand summer residence of the Governor of South Australia. Situated in the bushland of the Adelaide Hills, it was an ideal location to catch any summer breezes, whilst it also held commanding views of the surrounding countryside.

The 1870s was a time of economic boom for South Australia. When William Jervois became Governor in 1877, he commissioned the construction of a grander residence than the country retreat of Government Farm at Belair. Jervois supervised the architecture and selected the site. The first stone for the Marble Hill residence was laid on 18 July 1878, and the building was completed by late 1879. The Vice-Regal Summer Residence, as it was known, was designed in Victorian Gothic Revival style and adapted for Australian conditions with the addition of spacious verandahs on three sides which shielded the interior from the intense northern sun. Constructed from locally quarried sandstone, its 26 rooms included a drawing room, a morning room, a dining room and a grand staircase of kauri pine and blackwood. Because the building was a summer residence only, it did not feature the ballroom and grand dining room typical of the Governor's official residence.

Between 1880 and 1955, Marble Hill was used by each of the Governors, as well as other dignitaries such as King George V and Queen Mary (as Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York) who were guests in 1901. The grand building was destroyed by what came to be known as the Black Sunday bushfire of 2 January 1955.

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