The Cummins Society was formed in 1984 to fundraise for the upkeep and restoration of the furniture and furnishings of Cummins House. The house is heritage listed, owned by the South Australian government and under the guardianship of the City of West Torrens. The house and grounds are lovingly preserved to give visitors a strong sense of the history and lives of one of Adelaide’s founding families.
Cummins House was built in 1842 for Sir John Morphett and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Adelaide’s first Residential Commissioner, James Hurtle Fisher. The house originally stood on 132 acres of working farmland on which orchards, vines and olive groves and a variety of local and imported trees were tended. The property also farmed sheep and held a well-known horse stud.
Cummins Society members undertake guided tours of the house and grounds. A fresh homestyle Devonshire tea is served at the end of the tour.
The grounds of Cummins House are also established as one of Adelaide’s premier locations for garden wedding ceremonies and receptions, high teas, family functions, corporate seminars and cocktail parties.