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Brundah

Item details

Name of item: Brundah
Other name/s: Federation House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -28.8497 Long: 153.5708
Primary address: 37 Norton Street, Ballina, NSW 2478
Parish: Ballina
County: Rous
Local govt. area: Ballina
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
37 Norton StreetBallinaBallinaBallinaRousPrimary Address
Swift StBallinaBallina  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Brundah has historical significance as an excellent example of Federation timber architecture/North Coast historic vernacular architecture. It is an important feature of the historic Norton Street area and was built for one of Ballina's prominent early twentieth century personalities, Roy Lang. This item also has potential to reveal further information about early twentieth century domestic living in Ballina.
Date significance updated: 24 Feb 10
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Description

Construction years: 1908-
Physical description: A large single storey multigabled timber house with corrugated iron roof built in 1908 with elaborate timber and lattice detail whcih was so typical of houses in the northern rivers area in the early 1900's. The verandah is supported by square timber posts with lattice valence with elaborate pierced timber fretwork brackets. Shielding the wide verandah stretching between the posts are tall lattice panels with an adjustable wooden venetian blind across the front door all effectively creating a cool and useful living space around two sides of the building particularly suitable for the hot climate conditions of the area. The lattice and timber detail is reflected in the roof gables and the gabled awning above the double hung sash windows which have coloured glass panels. The building is in excellent condition. The stud frame extension is clad with ship lap weather boards and the interior is lined with horizontal beaded timber boards with timber fine surrounds. Included in the listing is the outstanding garden, hedge and street frontages. Building Material: timber, corrugated iron roof, lattice detail, fretwork brackets, ship lap weather boards.
The mature garden is intact and along with the perimeter fence enhances the aesthetic qualities of the house. The roof has also been utilised as a living space. (Built Heritage of the North Coast 1988)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical condition is good
Date condition updated:22 Dec 09
Modifications and dates: built - 1908
Current use: Bed & Breakfast
Former use: Bed & Breakfast; private residence

History

Historical notes: Brundah is an excellent example of the domestic timber architecture once typical of the North Coast area of New South Wales. The house is set in a fine, mature garden planted with palms, Norfolk Island pines, Bouganvilleas and other shrubs typical of the period. It is generally considered the best example of domestic architecture in Ballina (Branch Report 1981). Brundah evokes a way of life and is a fine example of a building style once typical of the area, but now rare. The house and garden are good examples of early materials and designs adapted to the climatic conditions of the far north of the State. It provides a resource for research into early twentieth century domestic life and building construction (Built Heritage of the North Coast 1988).

Brundah was built in 1908 for the Lang family of Ballina. Roy Lang was a prominent local auctioneer, estate agent and produce agent whose business extended across the Richmond Valley. The home was built shortly after his marriage to Charlotte Robson of Tucki. The cost of building the house totalled 556 pounds (Built Heritage of the North Coast 1988).

The original property comprised 0.4 hectares, half of which was sold following Roy Lang's death in 1946. The house remained in the Lang family until the death of Charlotte Lang in 1980, aged 101.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Houses and cottages-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The item is an important feature of the historic Norton Street area and was built for one of Ballina's prominent early twentieth century personalities, Roy Lang.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The item has historic association with the Lang family of Ballina.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item is an excellent example of Federation timber architecture/North Coast historic vernacular architecture.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The item has potential to reveal further information about early twentieth century domestic living in Ballina.
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
Regional Environmental Plan  23 Dec 94   
Local Environmental Plan 099409 Feb 87 1244164
Local Environmental Plan I3925 Jan 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Draft Shire Wide Community Based Heritage Study2008 Ballina Shire Council  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenChivell, R & Broadbent, J National Trust of Australia
WrittenNorthern Star1981'Council moves to 'save' historic house'

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1040007
File number: 000209


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