Heritage

War Memorial Hospital Group

Item details

Name of item: War Memorial Hospital Group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: Birrell Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Birrell StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding historic grouping incorporating three magnificent late Victorian buildings and former stables. Complete as a group and essentially intact despite some loss of integrity. Earlier buildings retain much of their original setting, and more recent buildings reasonably sympathetic in their design and siting. Special social and historic significance for the long association of the site and the hospital with the Vickery family. Original gates and associated fencing of special note. (See accompanying forms for individual buildings and grounds). State significance.
Date significance updated: 04 Oct 99
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Branch intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.

Description

Construction years: 1890-1945
Physical description: Group includes "Edina" (c. 1884), "Ellerslie" (1880's), "Banksia" - "Wytchazel" (1880's), Maternity building (1935), Memorial Chapel, two early twentieth century domestic buildings, two sets of gates and fencing, and the original landscaped grounds. Buildings and grounds are individually recorded (see accompanying forms). One set of gates is located at the corner of Birrell Street and Bronte Road. This part of the site, the western area, is now a nursing home. All buildings are modern and generally unsympathetic. The main historic grouping is towards Carrington Road, between Birrell and Church Streets. There is an outstanding set of wrought iron gates on the Carrington Road frontage.
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; cultural; social; architectural; aesthetic; rarity value; group value; landmark; streetscape/landscape.
Current use: Hospital/nursing home.
Former use: Hospital/nursing home.

History

Historical notes: Complex sited on over two hectares of land, most of which was owned by Ebenezer Vickery, prosperous merchant and benefactor of the Methodist Church. The family lived on the property from the 1860's and built "Edina", "Ellerslie" and "Banksia" - "Wytchazel" in the 1880's. "Ellerslie" incorporates an earlier building. It was the first building used for hospital purposes when the family donated the property for a memorial hospital on Anzac Day, 1919. The hospital was officially opened in 1921. "Edina" was the name of the birthplace in Scotland of Vickery's mother.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Health-Activities associated with preparing and providing medical assistance and/or promoting or maintaining the well being of humans (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Outstanding historic grouping incorporating three magnificent late Victorian buildings and former stables. Complete as a group and essentially intact despite some loss of integrity. Earlier buildings retain much of their original setting, and more recent buildings reasonably sympathetic in their design and siting. Special social and historic significance for the long association of the site and the hospital with the Vickery family. Original gates and associated fencing of special note. (See accompanying forms for individual buildings and grounds). State significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 42/6 - 002806 Dec 96   
Heritage studyWaverley Heritage Study1990   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620032


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