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history up for grabs at one of a kind auction this weekend

Written by The ReReport

Harcourts Wine Coast will host a heritage-themed auction this weekend.

NEWER isn’t always better as is the case with three of SA’s most historical properties to be auctioned this weekend.
Old Noarlunga’s St Philip and St James Church – complete with a working cemetery – Clarendon’s St Ninians Church and former school house, as well as the historic Wellington Courthouse are all up for grabs and ready to be turned into loving family homes.
They will be auctioned through Harcours Wine Coast with selling agent Nigel Christie to call the shots from 11am, tomorrow.
The sales will be separate but they will all be auctioned by the same agency, on the same day.
The event will also be supported by a sausage sizzle to cater for the “few hundred” people expected to attend.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, in terms of auctioning so many historic properties all at once,” Mr Christie said.
“But we’re expecting a really good turnout. Probably a few hundred people.”


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Mr Christie said St Ninians Church in Clarendon would be first to go under the hammer, followed by the Wellington Court House, the St Philip and St James Church and a neighbouring block of land on approximately 2.75ha.
“Interest in St Philip and St James Church has been really great,” Mr Christie said.
“We did three opens and had about 100 people through at each of them.
“We had religious groups but also a few people looking to set it up as a commercial undertaking. And of course we had people wanting to convert it into a residential home.
“However, one of the strongest suggestion was to set it up as a wine bar or cafe with fold out table and chairs out the front.”
Clarendon’s St Ninians Church is also likely to sell under the hammer.
“We had around 30 groups through for this one, which is much better than what we got for Wellington.
“Clarendon, also doesn’t come without its challenges as the church needs some structural support and the block has a number of trees on it.
“However, it has a lot of potential and could make a good home conversion.”

After a little more detail for each property? Here it is.


30 Church Hill Rd, Old Noarlunga

LAND SIZE: 0.51ha.

AUCTION: Saturday, November 10 at 11am – on site.

30 Church Hill Rd, Old Noarlunga

The 1850-built property is being offered for sale for the first time in 168 years and comes complete with an operating graveyard which must remain open to the public.
The property is being sold on behalf of the Anglican Church.
Bishop of The Diocese of The Murray, retired Reverend John Ford, said the church building had fallen into a state of disrepair and as such had not been used for worship by the Diocese for almost three years.

30 Church Hill Rd, Old Noarlunga

“It is thought that repairs to the historic building will be of such significance that … the limited funds at our disposal would be more creatively employed,” he said.
“Whatever the figure, the Diocese is better off using the funds from the sale to support and nurture our existing and emerging communities across the expanding Western Fleurieu.”
While a change of demographics had seen the decline in church attendances at St Philip & St
James, alternative services are now provided at churches at McLaren Vale, Willunga,
Aldinga and Seaford.

30 Church Hill Rd, Old Noarlunga

“The church members who have regularly worshipped in St Philip & St James these past
years have come to the conclusion that this is the best way forward for the Diocese,” Bishop Ford said.
“I have supported them in this decision. We need to face up to the reality that there are many areas across our State where church attendances are falling.”


15 St Ninians Rd, Clarendon

LAND SIZE: 70sqm.

AUCTION: Saturday, November 10 at 11am. The auction will be held at 30 Church Chill Rd, Old Noarlunga.

15 St Ninians Rd, Clarendon

Starting out life as a school house, the circa 1860-built St Ninians Church sits happily down the end of a narrow road overlooking the township of Clarendon.
The Church sits on an allotment of approximately 2100sqm, which is filled with mature trees and other vegetation.

15 St Ninians Rd, Clarendon

The building itself consists of a formal entry, a 4.6 x 9m hall, and a rear room with a kitchen sink.
St Ninians is covered under local heritage and would make an ideal residential conversion – or the next owner could build an adjacent home and use the church for many other pursuits.
Clarendon is located on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is generally a 35 minute drive to Adelaide.


678 Mason St, Wellington

LAND SIZE: 1400sqm.

AUCTION: Saturday, November 10 at 11am. The auction will be held at 30 Church Chill Rd, Old Noarlunga.

678 Mason St, Wellington

The Wellington Courthouse and Police station museum represents a complete multifaceted ready-made business opportunity, operating out of a historic iconic property.
Commencing construction in about 1859 and completed in about 1861, this property is believed to have once been the most complex use of a building of its kind in South Australia.

678 Mason Street, Wellington

Today, the property operates as a café, function centre, bar, restaurant and six room bed and breakfast.
It also has a museum attached which is operated in partnership with the National Trust and holds artefacts dating back to the 1800s

678 Mason St, Wellington

Recently renovated, the Courthouse also sits next to the Wellington Ferry, which creates constant waiting traffic outside the historic building.

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