Heritage

Queens Park

Item details

Name of item: Queens Park
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Darley Road, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Darley RoadWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Significant cultural landscape. A large urban park with mature trees from c.1920 and playing fields from the 1930's. Includes a rare stand of Monotooa elliptioa species and other native vegetation now rare locally. Considerable historical importance as part of the original Sydney Common and later water reserve. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 07 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: 1851-1890
Physical description: Large urban park. Numerous playing fields located on the southern and western flattish sections of the park. The park is surrounded by houses on three sides. Many on the eastern side date from the Victorian era. Those on the northern and southern sides are mainly Federation. Two carved sandstone gate pillars, possibly c.1910, on western park boundary. Sections of low sandstone walling on western and southern boundaries. Elsewhere, simple timber post and rail boundary fence. Mature trees, possibly planted c.1920, including Moreton Bay figs (to 20m high), Hoop pine (to 25m high) and Holly oaks (to 12m high). One of the oaks appears to be dying. Coral trees from about 1950 (16m high), Norfolk Island pine (16m high) and Port Jackson figs (10m high). More recent plantings from c.1965 include Paperbarks to 10m and golden poplars (16m high) on the eastern edge. On the hill on the north side, possibly an old sand dune, there is a stand of the small native tree, Monotoca elliptica. Rare for the Sydney region. Some of these trees have a trunk diameter of 200mm and may be 100 years old. In addition there are some patches of native grasses and Matt rush on this hill. It is recommended that these native species be conserved and the area not be fertilised. A playground, mainly intact, exists on the south side of the park. Ancillary buildings from c.1950. Amenity buildings are generally of a high quality, especially the south side, hipped copper roofed, amenities block from c.1970.
Current use: Park
Former use: Park

History

Historical notes: Originally part of the Sydney Common and later the Lachlan Swamps Water Reserve. Dedicated with Centennial Park in 1887. Used for sports fields since 1938, by Waverley College and others.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is of rarity value significance
Integrity/Intactness: jAltered sympathetically; reversible (native species)
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 Study1990L28/2026Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620374


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