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Dalkeith House

1897, 160 High St

This house, which is on the eastern side of Queen's Square, was built in 1897 for James Gallop. It had fallen into disrepair in 1974 when it became the premises of the Community School (Fremantle). It was later the home of a Mayor of the City of Fremantle, and later again a Buddhist centre. It is one of the buildings which the Fremantle Society claims to have saved from demolition.

James Gallop arrived in 1829 aboard the Lotus, with his brothers Richard and Edward, all from a Thakeham, West Sussex workhouse. He and Richard (Edward drowned) were successful in growing vegetables and grapevines. James in the 1870s bought Adam Armstrong's farm containing Dalkeith Cottage (which gave its name to the suburb) and built a two-storey house now known as Gallop House. In 1897 he had built at 160 High St a residence called Dalkeith House. In 1904 he had built the King's Theatre, which was also known as the Dalkeith Opera House, at 52-62 South Terrace. He is the great-great-grandfather of former WA Premier Geoff Gallop. There is a street in Hilton named after him.

Built as a two-storied residence with stables for the Gallop family in the late 1890s. In 1902/3 occupied by W. F. Samson a former Mayor, designed by architect O.N. Nicholson. From 1974 to 1979 Dalkeith House was used as a community school, it later was occupied by a medical practice. Now a private residence again, it is currently (1996) being restored.
A large ornate house with a complex roof form. The gable ends have elaborate decorative timber work. The double storey bullnosed verandah roof is supported by decorative posts with filigree brackets and frieze. The upstairs verandah has filigree balustrading. The verandah wraps the building on two sides. A double storey rectilinear bay to the front elevation is decorated with stucco moulding and sill detailing. Paired timber windows pierce the bay. Corbelled chimneys intact. Heritage Council.

References and Links

Burke, Gary 1990, Long Live the Jojoba Bean! The Story of the The Community School (Fremantle), Production Function, Balcatta.

Heritage Council page

Notes in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: Vol 1 No 5 1973Vol 1 No 6 1973Vol 2 No 1 1974


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