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Severn Lodge

Item details

Name of item: Severn Lodge
Other name/s: Federation Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 184 Ballina Road, Alstonville, NSW 2477
Parish: Tuckombil
County: Rous
Local govt. area: Ballina
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
184 Ballina RoadAlstonvilleBallinaTuckombilRousPrimary Address
Sinclair StreetWardellBallina  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Severn Lodge has historical value because of its association with the early European history of the Alstonville area and it is an important example of vernacular north coast architecture/weatherboard Federation cottage architecture in Alstonville.
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Further information: Richmond Street Corner Sinclair Street


Historical notes: Severn Lodge is located within an original 63.2.0 acre selection owned by J.D.Newbon. This property was selected in the late 1860’s by Thomas and Harry Newbon. The selection was known as Portion 7. It presumably passed into the ownership of Jane Dorothy Newbon on the death of her husband. This land was later acquired by neighbouring pioneer, Andrew Freeborn and later still, became the Parklands subdivision.

Severn Lodge originally consisted of 4722 square metres of the Newbon selection. (Details of the purchase of this land from the Newbon/Freeborn property remains to be researched at The Department of Land.) Severn Lodge was subdivided into four smaller town blocks in 1975 after the death of the original owner, Muriel Williams. The surviving Severn Lodge is 1273 square metres.

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 associated with the early European history of the Alstonville area
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item is an important example of vernacular north coast architecture/weatherboard Federation cottage architecture in Alstonville.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I125 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
WrittenArcher, John1987The Great Australian Dream: The History of the Australian House
WrittenBoyd, Robin1991Australia's Home: A pioneering social history of our Domestic Architecture
MapDepartment of Lands1975Land & Property information

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: 1040082

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