House at 32 Mackinnon Parade
This house, built around 1859, is the smallest example of architect George Kingston’s work to survive.
George Kingston was trained as an architect in Ireland and arrived in South Australia as Deputy Surveyor General in the Cygnet in September 1836.
In 1838 he resigned his position and after two years as Inspector of Public Works and Buildings he devoted his time to architecture, mainly in the domestic field.
He designed such buildings as Cummins for Sir John Morphett, Kurralta for William Wyatt, and Glanville Hall for John Hart.
Not all his work, however, was on the grand scale; this property is an example of one of his smaller homes.
The arched entrance to its porch is typical of his style, but the perky pediment capped by a ball is not. The wrought-iron front gate is very like that to 168 Jeffcott Street.