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Kain's Cottage 8 St Lukes Street

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Also known as: Keane's Cottage, Kane's Cottage, Cain's Cottage
Address: 8 St Lukes Street
Town or Locality: Willunga
Year constructed: c. 
The date "1850s" was not understood.
Used for: Residence
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The original 4 roomed cottage at the front was the home of Thomas Kain (Cain, Keane, Kane) and his family in the 1850s and 1860s.

The Kain family were early Willunga settlers whose 3 acres of wheat and 3 cattle were listed in the Land Returns of 1843. Thomas was a dairyman in Willunga after his marriage to Sarah Heslin in St Joseph's Church in 1858. They had five children, one of whom, Michael, became a quarryman and married Pauline Brown.

Descendants understand that members of the Kain/Keane family at times also lived in McCaffrey Cottage in St James Street and in Rowland's Cottage on the Main Road to McLaren Vale. An early resident referred to 8 St Luke's Street as Tom Kain's 'second' cottage.

The Fox family were later occupants.

The cottage has been re-roofed and extended but retains the original brick chimneys and casement window joinery. The pug at the front has been rendered and incised with lines.


  • Ruth Baxendale and Faye Lush Willunga Walks Willunga National Trust 2010 (1989)
Kains' Cottage, 8 St Luke's St, Willunga, 1999
Kains' Cottage, 8 St Luke's St, Willunga, 1999

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