Visiting another city, even one you’ve been to before can offer opportunities for something new.
I had heard about the David Roach House Museum when talking to ADFAS friends.
ADFAS for those who haven’t heard of it is the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society and I am Chairman of the Brisbane Society. We have lectures on things of a decorative & fine arts nature: it can be painting, sculpture, gardens, music, fashion, porcelain…….
My sister in law booked us into the 10am tour this morning. It’s in Melbourne Street North Adelaide, a fairly trendy area with beautiful home and many coffee shops.
We arrived in plenty of time for our tour and were greeted at the door by name. The Director of the Museum Martyn Cook met us, introduced himself and took us to the stylish reception room. We were the only two for the 10am tour. Yesterday it was booked out.
Take a tour with me now. Let me know what you think!
Our guide John then took over. He was super informed and gave us a very good commentary on all aspects of the house and it’s collection.
David J Roche AM (1930–2013), a collector for almost sixty years, spent his lifetime developing what has become The David Roche Collection. The collection, which spans the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and includes European furniture, ceramics, metal ware, clocks and paintings, is remarkable in its quality and range.
He came from a large Irish Catholic family and moved to Adelaide as a child. He had a passion for dogs! He had around 53 dogs and was a world renowned judge and often a winner of Best in Show. It’s definitely reflected in the paintings, ceramics and collectibles around the house.
The house is not big. He lived there by himself and often had guests stay in the one extra bedroom. Every inch of the house is decorative. All furnishings were custom made with no expense spared. The effect is overwhelming but somehow, beautiful. The collections are vast and stunning. From walking sticks, to hat pins, jugs, vases …….
The kitchen collectibles
Then the urn where Mr Roach’s ashes are kept.
We had a wonderful tour for 2! I urge you to visit.
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What an extraordinary place Fran and what a find! Lucky you two to have a personal tour.
Your trip sounds wonderful.
What a gem! I never knew this even existed and I have been down Melbourne Street many times.
Thank you Fran for this wonderful tour of David Roche’s Museum . I must take a tour on my next trip to my old hometown!