Urrbrae House Historic Precinct
The Urrbrae House Historic Precinct is situated on the land of the Kaurna Meyunna, the Kaurna People, the original custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We acknowledge and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and enduring relationship with the land.
In 1914 Peter Waite bequeathed the Urrbrae estate including his family home to the University of Adelaide. Today, the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct is part of the Waite Campus of the University and is also an accredited museum by the History Trust of South Australia. The Precinct promotes the history of the Waite Campus and is committed to community engagement. The Precinct promotes the history of the Waite Campus and is committed to community engagement. To learn more about the museum’s aims please see our Mission Statement.
The Urrbrae House Historic Precinct incorporates:
One of South Australia's most significant heritage houses and the historic heart of the Waite Campus Learn More
The site of the first laboratory of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute where groundbreaking work was conducted in the 1920s and 1930s Learn More
The Battery House is believed to be the first purpose built domestic powerhouse in South Australia Learn More
Collections held within the Urrbrae House Historic Precinct include house furniture and artefacts, Peter Waite Library Books and the historic Waite Scientific Collection. Photographs and archival materials relating to the Waite Agricultural Research Institute are also held. Learn More