Near Moculta in the Barossa Valley winery region of South Australia you will find the ruins of Jacob Allert’s Home. Built of the curiously named Pug in the mid 1850’s, this was a style of construction used by European settlers in the colony of South Australia which combined local stones such as Barossa Ironstone, held together by a mixture of clay, sand and straw (Pug).
The home was later used as a church school from 1857 to 1864. The still active, stone Zion Lutheran Gnadenberg Church is nearby and the home was where the congregation worshipped prior to its construction being completed in 1860. Gnadenberg translates to “Hill of Grace”.
From 1866 to 1876 the home served as the Parrots Hill Post Office and general store. Today it stands as an abandoned memorial to those early colonial settlers.