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Housing Commission Houses

Item details

Name of item: Housing Commission Houses
Other name/s: Housing Commission Cottages
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Public housing
Primary address: 7-29, 2-24 Montgomery Avenue, South Granville, NSW
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7-29, 2-24 Montgomery AvenueSouth GranvilleParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The houses at 7-29 and 2-24 Montgomery Avenue are of significance for the local area for historical reasons, and as a representative example of Government provision of housing undertaken by the Housing Commission. This group of cottages was the first group development constructed by the newly formed Housing Commission in 1944. Combined with the houses in Blaxcell Street, Oakleigh Avenue and Chiswick Road, these houses show the standard of early Housing Commission development.
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Construction years: 1945-
Physical description: Centre of an estate of Housing Commission houses including both brick and fibro houses. No. 7-23, 2-18 Montgomery Street are all brick single storey houses with Marseilles tile roofs, brick entrance porches, and identical brick front fences. Numbers, 20, 22,24, and 27 and 29 are later dwellings but similar in scale and form and with similar fence detail. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Fabric: Marseille tiled roof, glazed on stretcher bond brick walls. Roof Construction: A combination of styles including hip and gable roofs. Chimneys: Tall brick chimneys with various patterned brick strap work with steps. Verandah: Porches only with decorative rounded brickwork. Verandah Decoration: Fence: Low brick stepped fence with brick coping and dentils below. Garden: Neat. Archit Style: A street of Housing Commission single-storey cottages. Front Door: Glazed five pane horizontal bars or timber flush. Other Features: Brick window boxes, specially moulded brickwork.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: Water Board plans; Housing Commission, Annual Reports, 1944, p. 2, 1945, p. 1-2; Site cards Housing Commission.


Historical notes: One of the earliest of all Housing Commission group developments. (HCP 7) All of these dwellings are shown on the Water Board plan of December 1944. This is the group with which the Housing Commission commenced the construction of its first housing schemes. They are called Blaxcell Street in its reports, but a comparison with the site cards shows this is definitely the site referred to. (Jobs 1, 17, 18) National Trust (Parramatta Branch): One of the earliest Housing Commission group developments. (HCP 7) All of these dwellings are shown on Water Board plan of December 1944. | |

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  21 Feb 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993400Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240400

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