Heritage

War Memorial Hospital Grounds

Item details

Name of item: War Memorial Hospital Grounds
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Garden Institutional/ Research
Primary address: Bounded by Birrell and Church Street and Carrington Ro, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bounded by Birrell and Church Street and Carrington RoWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine grounds with elegant lawn and majestic trees of considerable age. Forming an impressive setting to an outstanding grouping of Victorian period buildings. Rare example of a Late Victorian mansion conserving original grounds and setting. State significance.
Date significance updated: 05 Feb 00
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: 1891-1920
Physical description: Central open lawn, set with white statuary, affords a fine vista to the elegant towered, two storey west façade of "Edina". A central path runs west and divides the lawn in two. Stone steps at the end of the grassed embankment. The lawn is flanked by majestic trees, particularly the tall (22m) Norfolk Island pines and the spreading Moreton Bay figs (18m high by 30m wide). Possibly planted about 1900. The entry from Birrell Street presents an inviting scene of white two storey, grand buildings and impressive groups of dark foliage trees. These include a row of six Canary Island palms (12m high) from c.1920. The original entry from the corner of Birrell Street and Bronte Road is now closed but the original cast iron panel fence and gates remain. Both in cast iron with sandstone piers, from c.1900. Entrance gates also stand on Carrington Road, from c.1920. Wrought iron and unusual in the use of military motifs of World War 1. The grounds west of the main central lawn are of considerable lesser quality and require reassessment from a landscape viewpoint.
Current use: Hospital
Former use: Hospital

History

Historical notes: Formerly the grounds of the grand Vickery family home, "Edina". Bequeathed to the Methodist Church as a World War 1 memorial hospital. Used as a private hospital since 1922.

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]
This item is of historical and cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of aesthetic and streetscape/landscape 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 study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1991L45/2040Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620357


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