Darroch House Facilities

Darroch House offers a tranquil garden setting, surrounded by nature's finest flora.  

Darroch House is the perfect location for a funeral ceremony or after-funeral gathering or wake, which can be of benefit in the mourning process as well as being an occasion to reminisce with friends and relatives.

All funerals whether they are simple, traditional or alternative are a personal choice. Modern funerals reflect an individual character, their way of life and beliefs.

Darroch House was built in 1885 for a successful Rundle Street Draper, James Waddell Marshall (1845-1925).

A Scot, Marshall migrated to South Australia in 1867 as a young man.  By 1874 he had set up a drapery business in Rundle Street on what is today the former Myer site.

The Marshall family lived in Darroch House for some 30 years, and by all accounts it was a lively, happy home.

In February 1934, the property became a private hospital for psychiatric patients.

In the years following World War II, the building was used as St Margaret’s Rehabilitation Centre, government offices and then, more recently student accommodation.

The splendid two storey home is a fine example of late 19th century boom-time architecture.

Set on one and half acres, its wide upper storey veranda features the original, uncommon lacework which we believe was most likely manufactured by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow and shipped out to Adelaide.

Inside, its magnificent cedar staircase commands the entrance hall.  Its impact is heightened by the dominating triptych of unique stained glass panels, creating a serene atmosphere. Those windows, the work of H.L. Vosz are among the finest examples in a private building.

Nearby, the large sitting room features a huge, brass, inglenook fireplace, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Overall, the feel as you walk through Darroch House is one of other-worldly serenity, gracious living and quiet reflection.


Our funeral home is a 19th Century Adelaide landmark home built in 1885. On site at Darroch House we have a range of facilities to assist and ensure your funeral or that of a loved one is a personal and warm experience. Our funeral facilities include:

  • The Chapel - up to 120 guests
  • The Marshall Room - used for refreshments
  • The Library - lounge and waiting area for guests
  • Lawn - heart shaped grassed area for larger occasions
  • Marquee - can be arranged for the Lawn area
  • Parking - offstreet parking for 60 cars