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Adelaide

Lancaster House in Adelaide is described as standing "on a rise beyond the Torrens, about a mile to the north-west of the city" (31: 21); it has a view of North Terrace from a knoll to the s. of the house (466:26) and "glimpses of the sea" (i.e. Gulf St Vincent) to the w. (425:15). It is approached by a "wide plane-tree avenue" (33:27). These details suggest that Martin located Lancaster House on Montefiore Place (now Montefiore Hill) near its junction with Montefiore Road, which now heads n.n.w. to become a continuation of Jeffcott Street but then curved away to the n.e. (see Map C). Jeffcott Street can perhaps be identified with the "Jeffrey Street" where Lance Fitz-Gibbon has lodgings, "less than half a mile away" from Lancaster House (410:6). The location of Lancaster House, as well as its library, garden and fountain, further suggests that Martin may have had in mind Montefiore, the Italianate mansion of Sir Samuel Way. Chief justice of SA and Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, and a friend of Catherine Helen Spence, Way was noted for his entertainment of visitors in academic and artistic circles. (The copy of The Silent Sea at


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the Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide, contains his bookplate.)

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