Subterranean Adelaide Part Two – Roseneath

Subterranean Adelaide Part Two


Completed in 1849 in the northern Adelaide suburb of Walkerville sits the stunning Georgian Villa known as “Roseneath’.
The house was built for James Wyld Macdonald who was an official at the Burra Mines.
The villa, built from locally kilned bricks was originally surrounded by olive groves and rows of grape vines that flanked the main driveway to the front gates on Stephens Terrace.

At the rear of the building sits a small limestone cottage, stables and coach house that was completed sometime around 1845.

This building has a service tunnel underneath it that extends to the servant quarters at the rear of the main building. Other branches of the tunnel go into storage rooms and wine cellars. 
 There is an old legend that there was once another tunnel from Roseneath that led to the River Torrens. It is speculated that this tunnel was to aide bringing water to the house, to help cool the house, and to provide an escape route if there was an attack by local indigenous people, or if Russians invaded Adelaide, a constant fear at the time.

The tunnels are all bricked lined their entire length and were constructed under the guidance of original owner James McDonald.

Researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2015

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