Abandoned – Jacob Allert’s Home

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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 abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert’s Home dates back to the mid 1850’s – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert’s Home dates back to the mid 1850’s – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
Despite the roof being long gone, the walls of the abandoned Jacob Allert’s Home remain in relatively solid condition (the cellar was full of old tin cans!) – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
I was surprised to see the old cast iron stove and oven still in Jacob Allert’s Home – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
At the rear of Jacob Allert’s Home – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
Abandoned Jacob Allert's Home, Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
Pug was a style of construction used by European settlers in the colony of South Australia in the 1800’s which combined local stones such as Barossa Ironstone, held together by a mixture of clay, sand and straw (Pug) – Jacob Allert’s Home, Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert's Home dates back to the mid 1850's - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
The abandoned Jacob Allert’s Home dates back to the mid 1850’s – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)

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”.

Zion Lutheran Gnadenberg Church (Est. 1860) - Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
Zion Lutheran Gnadenberg Church (Est. 1860) – Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
A memorial to early colonial settlers of South Australia - Jacob Allert's Home, Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)
A memorial to early colonial settlers of South Australia – Jacob Allert’s Home, Barossa Valley, South Australia (December 2018)

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.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. I love exploring these old relics. I think this may have been in a few movies? Thanks for the photos.

    1. Deano says:

      Hi Melissa, thanks. It may have been but there are many similar abandoned houses like it around the region that time has left behind.

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