Heritage Places of Adelaide

Brookman Building, University of South Australia (former School of Mines and Industries, then SA Institute of Technology)


North Terrace ADELAIDE


State Heritage Place

The Brookman Building represents the importance and growth of technical education in South Australia at the turn of the 20th Century. Its construction was a response to the need to provide education for emerging technical professions as a result of the State's industrialisation. A fine representation of the 'Federation Gothic' style, it is architecturally significant as a well-executed example of the work of Superintendent of Public Buildings Charles Owen Smyth. The building also contains significant stained glass windows, the work of notable Adelaide firms E F Troy and H L Vosz. It has important associations with Sir George Brookman, MLC, one of the State's key industrialists, who provided a substantial donation towards the cost of construction. Several other prominent industry leaders also contributed funds for a library and laboratories. It was the first purpose-built building of the South Australian School of Mines and Industries, which from its establishment in 1888 played a crucial role in the development of technical education in the State. [Adapted from Swanbury Penglase, Brookman Building Conservation Management Plan, 1999 & 2001]

Listing Information

  • Date of Listing: 26 November 1981

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