Shop and Residence 15 Aldinga Road
|Address:||15 Aldinga Rd|
|Town or Locality:||Willunga|
|Used for:||Shop, residence|
This two storey stone building forms part of the original streetscape with its neighbours, numbers 17 and 19, and retains much of its original construction.
Built by 1856, it was the workshop and home of John Richards, Sr., a builder and carpenter who arrived in SA from Camelford in Cornwall in 1854. Richards and Sons were important local builders in Willunga, and built many fine buildings including the Bank of Adelaide and Methodist Church and Hall. John's wife Mary also owned and operated the general store in High Street after the death of their son John Junior, in 1886.
John's sons all worked in the family business; William was a carpenter, Harry (Henry) a stonemason, while John Junior was one of the Willunga slate carvers, carving many of the slate headstones in the local cemeteries. Grandson George continued in the building business. Harry was Chairman of the Willunga Railway Committee which lobbied successfully for the line to be built. His widow ran Richards' Refreshment Rooms and Cafe in their home on Railway Terrace.
Between 1920 and 1940 the building was known as Jacob's Corner Shop and was very conveniently situated for school children attending the Public School, just opposite on Aldinga Road. Fanny Jacobs (daughter of carpenter William Richards) and her husband Howard J Jacobs, whom she had married in 1904, lived here and ran the shop between them.
- R Baxendale & F Lush Willunga Walks Willunga National Trust Willunga 2010 (1989)
Memories of Shop and Residence 15 Aldinga Road
Heather Quick remembers: My parents Reg & Lee Verrall rented the shop, & the residence at 43 Aldinga Rd from Mr. Jacobs for 10/- a week. My parents started their first Fruit & Veg shop in these premises eventually moving to start a shop in my grandparents front room at 14 High St. My only memories of the shop are of the big glass lolly jars on the counter. Mr Jacobs kept chickens on the block across the road which I assume he also owned but not sure about that. My father told me they never saw Mrs Jacobs, she was quite sick & never came downstairs.