Originally built for the Pile Family (pictured in front of the house), but in 1863 John McKinlay and Miss Jane Pile were married. After his search for Burke & Wills, and his expedition to explore the Northern Territory, McKinlay and his family took up residence at Oaklands Estate.
The Old Spot Hotel was one of the first buildings in Gawler, and because the bullock trains would stop there, the town's centre began to move from Cowan St, where it was planned, to focus around Murray St.
This photo of the James Martin Foundry on the corner of Murray St and Calton Rd was taken some time after 1903. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were 4 foundries and all sorts of industries operating out of Gawler
Established in 1885 on land at Eighteenth St, this small family business building farm equipment became a huge manufacturing plant growing to over 300 employees, providing heavy industrial equipment to the mining industry
Frederick and his brother Alfred turned their small family foundry into one of the biggest industrial concerns in the town. Frederick died in 1897, but his brother Alfred continued the business until 1924
Operating from 1942 to 1978, Timer Fashions produced clothes for all ages. Manufacturing at their Julian Terrace factory, hundreds of people who lived in Gawler worked at Timer fashions over the years.