Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Urrbrae House, the former residence of Peter and Matilda Waite, was built in 1891. Following the death of Peter Waite in 1922, a large parcel of land and this residence was handed over to the University of Adelaide; to be used for agricultural research and for public recreation.
Urrbrae House has had many uses since then; a residence for the directors of the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, administrative offices and library, staff club and cafeteria. Today it is an accredited museum open to the public for tours.
Urrbrae was the name given by Robert Forsyth MacGeorge, the original owner of the estate; "Urr" after his home parish in Scotland and "brae" denoting a slope or hillside especially near a creek or river.
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