Daly Street 26

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Address: 26 Daly Street
Town or Locality: Gawler East
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Gawler Bunyip


Mr. Philip Guy, an old resident of Gawler, who died at his residence "Liskeard," Daly Street, on July 25 1922, was born in the parish of Liskeard, Cornwall on November 30, 1837. He sailed in the ship Utopia in 1863, arriving at Adelaide port on February 10, 1864.

A month later he came to Gawler and took up his craft as a bootmaker. Strikes even in those days had their influence on workers, and when matters were at their worst, Mr. Guy decided sooner than submit to the employer's demands, to open in business for himself.

This occurred in March, 1868 and for 30 years he conducted his trade, his shop being now the northern extension of Mr. A. Sheard's Emporium.

For many years past Mr. Guy lived a life of retirement.

As a young man he joined the ' Oddfellows' Order, M.U., and was a member of the Gawler branch at his death. In early years he was a capable worker in the Methodist cause, being with the Tod Street Church.

There is left a widow, one son, five daughters, twelve grand- children, and two great grandchildren. One son, the younger, Philip Gawler, made the supreme sacrifice in France in the Great War.

Gawler Bunyip Friday 17th January 1936. DEATH. GUY.—On the 11th January, at Gawler, Louisa, the widow of Philip Guy of 19 Daly Street, Gawler. {Researched by Allen Tiller}

Kevin Fitzgerald remembers:

Philip Kettewell Guy married Martha Amelia Farrant at Gawler in 1865. A son Joseph was born in May 1866. Martha died in June 1866 and the son died in December of that same year.

I now know that another son also named Joseph was born to Philip and his second wife Louisa Pilgrim my great-great-grandmother. Hence the confusion on my part. This couple swelled the population of Gawler with seven children including their youngest Philip Gawler Guy K.I.A. 10th August 1918 in the battle of Lihons, France. I have visited his grave twice when in France where our son lives; also the small area of Crepey Wood where his Company came under machine-gun fire with the loss of ten lives that morning.

While awaiting the return of a late 19th-century hatbox that contains all our historic photos and at least two photos of the Guy ( and maybe your house ) from my daughter, I sifted through the Bunyip on Trove. I saw references to J. Guy and, although it seems unlikely, he does not seem to be related to Phillip Guy my great-great-grandfather. As mentioned I visited his house in Daly Street on a number of occasions when a young boy. The house was either yours or perhaps one next door at the time. Phillip is mentioned in the Bunyip at various times usually requesting another to stand for Council. His daughter Edith is mentioned in various roles particularly Red Cross, the Methodist Church and WWI fundraising. Phillip had a shoe shop in Murray Street and died in 1922.


This is an early asymmetrical cottage with projecting bay and rear skillion. It is constructed of coursed rubble sandstone with overpainted brick quoins. The cottage displays typical Gawler-style detailing to the projecting gable. The transverse gable roof with projecting gable is clad with corrugated metal, with parapeted gable end to the south, crowned with an overpainted brick chimney featuring a 45-degree splayed course. The projecting gable features turned timber finial, gable vent and hood awning to window. Windows are timberframed, double-hung sashes. The concave verandah is clad with corrugated metal. A nonoriginal timber picket defines the front boundary.


Likely built in two stages from the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, this late-Victorian-era villa is an intact example of an adaptation of an original cottage form. It is largely intact externally, and features typical Gawler-style stonework and red brick dressings and rear parapeted addition. It demonstrates the early residential development which occurred in the area as a result of the flourishing industry and commerce in Gawler in the 1870s and 80s.

Common within Gawler East, the portion of land was part of a larger land package owned by Dr Barry Cotter, the primary physician in Gawler, and councillor for the south ward in 1857, an indication of the significance of the land holding. This same holding of land, later owned by David Hardy, was further subdivided and sold separately, in the establishment of the adjacent, aptly-named David Street.


Section 4 of the Gawler Special Survey was originally granted to John Reid and Henry Dundas Murray in October 1839. William Paxton, Adelaide businessman and entrepreneur of Burra Mines fortune, held large portions of land in Gawler in the mid-1840s. In 1849, a portion of Section 4, Hundred of Nuriootpa, the area between Lyndoch Road and the South Para River and between East Terrace and High Street was surveyed and subdivided for sale by Paxton.

The undated historic ‘Plan of Part of Gawler Town’, indicates a series of allotments along the western side of Daly Street to be under the ownership of Dr Cotter, surgeon. This same series of allotments is recorded under the ownership of David Hardy in the earliest rate books.

The exact date of construction of the dwelling is unknown, however, rate books suggest the possible existence of a cottage on the subject land from as early as 1859. An article in the Bunyip states that in the sale of the series of allotments, David Hardy left a street in between lots 285 and 286 (subject land), establishing the adjacent David Street in 1870. The property was transferred to Philip Guy, a cordwainer (shoemaker), in 1870 and remained in the Guy family until 1956.

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This report has been prepared by the following people:

• Nancy Cromar (Flightpath Architects)

• Deborah Morgan (Flightpath Architects)

• Kate Paterson (Flightpath Architects)

• Douglas Alexander (Flightpath Architects)

The study team would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following people:

• David Petruzzella (Strategic Planner; Town of Gawler)

• Jacinta Weiss (Cultural Heritage Centre Coordinator; Town of Gawler)

• Jane Strange (Senior Development and Strategic Policy Officer; Town of Gawler)

Gawler History Team Inc. thanks: Flightpath Architects, Ryan Viney and the Town of Gawler for allowing us access to this important document of Gawler History.



Related Articles


  • Duval ‘Plan of Part of Gawler Town’ n.d.
  • Gawler rate Assessment Book East Ward LTO Certificate of Title CT155/46
  • "Gawler Corporation." Bunyip 23 September 1887: 3. Web. 3
  • Mar 2020 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97228565>.
Daly Street 26
Daly Street 26
Phillip and Louisa Guy  26 Daly St Gawler East c1920
Phillip and Louisa Guy 26 Daly St Gawler East c1920
Joseph Guy of  Gawler c1887 email
Joseph Guy of Gawler c1887 email
Philip K  Guy of Gawler c 1887 email
Philip K Guy of Gawler c 1887 email

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