Coachbuilding catering and politics

Senator for South Australia, Alex Gallacher’s, office, and I must thank Mr. Peter Gonis in his office for the following history, and Historian Denise Schumann from the City of Norwood, Payneham and St. Peters, for her permission to include the text.

This former shop and residence was built in 1868. The first owner was Joseph Peddey, a local coachbuilder and blacksmith. In 1872 the workshop was bought by Alfred Chapman an accountant and later Manager of Elder Smith. Chapman developed the property adding the parapet shop front and façade. It was described as a general store.
Alfred Chapman owned the property until 1896 when it was sold to Robert Mitten a grocer. The business would have served the mainly genteel residents of Kent Town and the workers who operated ET Smith’s Kent Town Brewery at the end of Rundle Street in Kent Town. The little shop and residence continued trading through the 1920s and up until the 1960s owned and operated by the Johanson family. 
In the 1970s a journalist named T J James and his wife lived onsite and by the late 1970s the famous Italian restaurateur and friend of Don Dunstan’s – Libero De Luca opened up the innovative “Da Libero”. Many famous personalities including Gough Whitlam and John McEnroe and rock star Tina Turner made their way to the little restaurant on Fullarton Road to indulge in De Luca’s unique “Amalfi-Australian” gastronomic traditions.
In the 1990s, it was home to “Gowries Indian Cuisine”; its final incarnation in recent years has been as an office suite servicing South Australian Federal senators. This historic shop and residence is a well-known iconic building and serves as a reminder of Kent Town’s wonderfully varied history.
Denise Schumann
Local Historian, Adelaide

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