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Pettinger Residence (The Gums) 10 Bishop Street

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Address: 10 Bishop St
Town or Locality: Willunga
Year constructed: 1862
Built by: SA Government
Used for: Residence
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Built in 1862 by the SA Police Force for Charlotte, widow of Inspector Richard Pettinger who was killed while on duty at a fete at Government House in Adelaide in February 1862. The murderer was a recently dismissed constable who blamed Pettinger for his dismissal for drunkenness. He was speedily tried and hanged in March 1862.

Charlotte Pettinger (nee Aldam) had family in Willunga, hence the decision to provide a house in the town. It is of brick construction with a dressed sandstone front wall and eight pane double hung casement windows. The house was designed as a shop and residence.

However Charlotte Pettinger died only two years later, in 1864, aged only 38, leaving three children aged 7, 5 and 3 years who were cared for by the Aldam family.

Isaac Needham owned the house (and the next door property) by 1869. He ran a licensed wine store in the shop area.

Needham's daughter Mary lived here with her husband Edward Hunt after retirement from their Delabole sheep farm around 1911.

It was home to Alfred and Elizabeth Redstone in the 1940s and 1950s, then followed a succession of owners including Reuben Polden, Homer Pyknis, the Bleechmores from 1979-2001 and the Lienert family until c. 2012.

Substantial rear extensions were made in 2013 by new owners Ursula and Geoff Pridham.


  • R Baxendale & F Lush Willunga Walks Willunga National Trust Willunga 2010 (1989)
  • Faye Lush Notes on The Gums 10 Bishop Street January 2013
  • South Australian Register February 24 1862 p. 7 (
'The Gums' Cottage, 10 Bishop Street
'The Gums' Cottage, 10 Bishop Street
Pettinger residence, 10 Bishop Street
Pettinger residence, 10 Bishop Street
'The Gums' Cottage, 10 Bishop Street
'The Gums' Cottage, 10 Bishop Street

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