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Ithica House

Item details

Name of item: Ithica House
Other name/s: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 247 Bentinck Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Parish: Bathurst
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Bathurst Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
247 Bentinck StreetBathurstBathurst RegionalBathurstBathurstPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A prominent and well detailed Edwardian house which is well designed for its corner site. Expresses the prosperity and optimism of late 19th- 20th century Bathurst and is a local landmark. Together with Street No. 's 229, 253 and 255, forms a group of interesting Edwardian houses (includes large trees).
Date significance updated: 03 Apr 07
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Designer/Maker: John J Copeman
Construction years: 1897-
Physical description: A large two storey Federation Queen Anne house of face brick under a terracotta tiled roof. A symmetrical octagonal corner tower, two storey timber verandahs with turned posts and elaborate timber balustrade and frieze terminated by projecting gabled wings. Half timbered effect to gables.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: This house was built in 1897 as a wedding gift for Dorothea Gillkrest by her mother. It was designed by the then young local architect John Job Copeman.

Dorothea was a daughter of Elizabeth and Matthew Blood Gillkrest. Mr Gillkrest was a grazier whose interests were in the Blayney and Carcoar district. In October 1897 Dorothea married Charles Toovey at All Saints Cathedral, Bathurst.

John Job Copeman studied at the local technical school and his first architectural commission was for the School of Arts Hall at Rockley in 1890. He practiced architecture at Bathurst until about 1914 and was considered to be the district’s leading architect. There are more than thirty houses designed by Mr Copeman still standing in Bathurst and others as far away as Corwa, Cumnock and Orange.

Elizabeth Gillkrest died in November 1902 at her daughter’s residence. Towards the end of 1904 Ithaca was sold to Thomas Henry Richards and early in 1905 Mr and Mrs Toovey moved to Tasmania.

Between 1878 and 1886 Mr Richards was the assistant headmaster at All Saints College. He probably only lived at 247 Bentinck Street for a couple of years before moving first to Lawson, then Strathfield and later to Vaucluse. Mr Richards died in June 1913 but his wife, Edith, owned Ithaca until November 1918 when he sold it to Emily Mabel Gornall.

From 1907 until the time it was sold to Mrs Gornall, the house was leased to James S Robertson, a dentist. It is probable that Mr Robertson moved from this house and Mrs Gornall occupied it until June 1922 when it was sold to Henry Owens.

Mr Owens was a grazier and was usually known as Harry. He was a supported of the Bathurst Trotting Club, Bathurst A H & P Society and a life member of the NSW Trotting Association.

The house allotment was originally held in two parcels of land. One had a frontage of 100 feet to Bentinck Street with a side boundary of 200 feet along Rocket Street. The house stands on this parcel, which was sold separately by Mr Owens to V McFarland in October 1937. Subsequent owners of the house have included F M Pratley, P B & B M Kenny and A & J E Bonic.

Francis Pratley died on 27 September 1963 and his estate sold the house to Mr and Mrs Kenny in June 1964. Mr and Mrs Bonic brought the house in May 1969 for $18,750. At the time of this sale, the house allotment had been reduced to a 90 feet frontage with a depth of 145 feet.

Resourced from the Building Research Report - W. H. Tighe, Bathurst District Historical Society

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. Federation period residence-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Forms a very impressive group of Federation houses, with this being the most outstanding addressing a corner site.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanIthica1519 Nov 14   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBathurst Conservation Area 19 Nov 14   
Heritage study A15422 Jun 90   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bathurst City Council Heritage Study1990A154Hughes Trueman LudlowHughes Trueman Ludlow No
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRCB.J. Hickson Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1080008

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