Heritage

Bondi Post Office

Item details

Name of item: Bondi Post Office
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Post Office
Primary address: 127 Bondi Road, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
127 Bondi RoadBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address
Ocean StreetBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandAlternate Address

Statement of significance:

Fine example of an early twentieth century post office. Individual Federation design, essentially intact. Good example of Queen Anne influence. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 23 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: 1890-1915
Physical description: Early twentieth century public building. Simply styled, with Arts and Crafts and Queen Anne influences. Complex, terra cotta tiled roof. Different elevations to each street frontage. Entry porch in recess to corner. Symmetrical, double gable beside on Bondi Road. Extended gable overhang to Ocean Street. All gables decorated in pebbledash with louvred vents to apexes. Stone bands above and below windows. Dark brick arches to windows on Ocean Street. Stone hood to door on Bondi Road. Flat roofed porch supported by timber posts above brick piers. Large two storey residence at rear (on Ocean Street).
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; social; architectural; aesthetic; streetscape.
Current use: Post office/dwelling house
Former use: Post office/dwelling house

History

Historical notes: First post office for this area was an unofficial office in Ocean Street, opened in 1883. A new building was erected in 1898 but was not really adequate. This site was acquired c. 1907 and a new residential post office erected. Appears little altered since (see 1946 photo in Waverley Local History Collection, 4553).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Communication-Activities relating to the creation and conveyance of information (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Fine example of an early twentieth century post office. Individual Federation design, essentially intact. Good example of Queen Anne influence. Local 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  06 Dec 96   
Heritage studyWaverley Heritage Study1990   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

References, internet links & images

None

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620054


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