Martindale Hall

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Martindale Hall
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General information
Architectural style Georgian
Town or city Near Mintaro, South Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 33°56′16″S 138°43′46″E / 33.9378°S 138.7294°E / -33.9378; 138.7294Coordinates: 33°56′16″S 138°43′46″E / 33.9378°S 138.7294°E / -33.9378; 138.7294
Construction started 1877[1]
Completed 1880 [2]
Cost £30,000 [3]
Client Edmond Bowman
Design and construction
Architect Ebenezer Gregg
Engineer Edward John Woods

Martindale Hall is a Georgian style mansion near Mintaro, South Australia which appeared in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.[4]


Martindale Hall was built for a wealthy bachelor pastoralist, Edmund Bowman Jr (1855–1921). The architect was Ebenezer Gregg of London, the chief supervisor was Adelaide architect Edward John Woods and the builder was R. Huckson, who completed the work in 1880.[5] Due to the specialist nature of the work involved, 50 of the 60 tradesmen were brought from England, and they returned when it was completed.[1][6] The hall has some 32 rooms and also a large seven-room cellar, and its environs at the time also included a polo ground, a racecourse, a boating lake and a cricket pitch.[7]


Dorothy and John Mortlock, possibly at the time of their marriage in 1948.

A decade after its construction, debt and drought forced the Bowmans to sell all their holdings.[4] William Tennant Mortlock (son of William Ranson Mortlock) bought Martindale Hall in 1891. His son, John Andrew Tennant Mortlock, developed Martindale Station and built up an impressive collection of artwork which was displayed at the Hall.[1] Dying childless, his wife became the heir to the Mortlock fortune, and she bequeathed Martindale Hall and the estate to the University of Adelaide in 1979 upon her death.[8]

On 21 March 1978, it was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate[9] On 24 July 1980, it was listed as a state heritage place on the South Australian Heritage Register.[10]

Martindale Hall along with 19 hectares (47 acres) of grounds were later handed to the South Australian Government by the University in 1986. On 5 December 1991, the land on which the buliding is located was proclaimed as the Martindale Hall Conservation Park under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 for "the purpose of conserving the historic features of the land."[11] From 1991 to late 2014, the property was managed under lease as a tourism enterprise, offering heritage accommodation, weddings and other functions, and access to the grounds and Hall to day visitors. The property is currently managed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, which in August 2015 received an unsolicited bid for the purchase or long-term lease of Martindale Hall.[12][13] by The National Trust of South Australia.


The Hall and grounds are currently open to the public, seven days a week, as a day visitor site and museum.


  1. ^ a b c "Martindale Hall Revisited: Clare Valley". Postcards. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ Martindale Hall Retrieved 2017-08-28
  3. ^ Martindale Hall Retrieved 2017-08-28
  4. ^ a b "Martindale Hall website". Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Mr. E. Bowman's Mansion at Martindale". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 16 December 1880. p. 6. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Martindale Hall South Australian History". Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  7. ^ Martindale Hall Retrieved 2017-08-28
  8. ^ Benefactors and donated collections: Mortlock Retrieved 2017-08-28
  9. ^ "Martindale Hall, Mintaro, SA, Australia (Place ID 7157)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  10. ^ ""Martindale Hall", Martindale Hall Conservation Park". South Australian Heritage Register. Government of South Australia. 24 July 1980. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE ACT 1972 SECTION 30(1): CONSTITUTION OF MARTINDALE HALL CONSERVATION PARK" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 5 December 1991. p. 1668. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  12. ^ Health retreat proposal for historic Martindale Hall Archived 6 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine. InDaily, 5 August 2015. Accessed 12 August 2015.
  13. ^ Martindale Hall Unsolicited Proposal National Parks SA, 5 August 2015. Accessed 12 August 2015.

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