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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: ‘Tangleywood'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 184 George Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Parish: Bathurst
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Bathurst Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
184 George StreetBathurstBathurst RegionalBathurstBathurstPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Part of a group of similar houses illustrating the Edwardian ideal of the garden suburb.
Date significance updated: 13 Jun 02
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Construction years: 1896-
Physical description: 'Tangleywood', a single storey brick residence with some unusual features. A hipped, terracotta tiled roof, with a front return gable facing the street. That gable is lined with horizontal timber boarding and beneath it is a large bay window with timber framed, double hung windows with the upper sashes in multiple lights. Beside the gable end is a verandah which extends around two sides of the house. The roof of the verandah is an extension of the main roof. It has exposed rafters and is supported on timber posts which are decorated with timber work. The walls of the house are generally face brick in Flemish bond. The house has no front fence except a low brick wall. The house was built in 1896.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Resdential


Historical notes: This house was built in 1896 for Margaret and Sarah, twin daughters of James and Sarah Jeffries.

James Jeffries, a publican, is known to have been at Bathurst during the 1850’s when he was licensee and owner of the Rankin and Piper Inn. The town map of Bathurst indicates that Mr Jeffries was the first owner of Portions one and two of Section 79. On part of this land, 184 George Street stands.

In 1903 when Bathurst properties were first numbered, the Misses Jeffries house was given the street number of 150 George Street. During the mid 1930’s the Crown Lands Department sold part of Section 72, (which is bounded by George, Durham, William and Stanley Streets), which was subdivided into house allotments. Consequently the street numbering on the east side of George Street was rearranged and No. 150 became No. 184.

The house was designed for the Misses Jeffries by John Melbourne Tait, an architect who came to Bathurst circa 1894-1895. Mr Tait practiced in partnership with Frederick Oakes from an office in the City Bank, (now Westpac), Chambers. Two other buildings known to have been designed by Mr Tait while he was at Bathurst are the clubhouse, (now demolished), at their greens in Russell Street for the Bathurst Bowling Club and a manse at Blayney for the Presbyterian Church. It is possible, though not certain, that he designed 157 Stewart Street and 321 Howick Street for the Rigby Bros., the contractors who built 184 George Street. Mr Tait left Bathurst and moved to Ashfield at the end of 1898.

Sarah Jeffries died on 7 May 1934 and her sister Margaret died in a nursing home at Cremorne on 10 September 1947. The sisters are buried in a family grave in the Presbyterian section of the Bathurst Cemetery.

In July 1949 the house passed by inheritance to Flora MacDougal. In October 1957 Miss MacDougal sold it to Gordon Spence Hewlett, a dental surgeon.

Bathurst City Council’s Transfer Register is available to the Historical Society only to 1970. Therefore it is not possible to trace the ownership through the Historical Society after this date. However, evidence from the telephone directories suggests that Mr Hewlett owned the house until about 1979.

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

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 PlanHouse2819 Nov 14   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBathurst Conservation Area 19 Nov 14   
Heritage study A22322 Jun 90   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bathurst City Council Heritage Study1990A223Hughes Trueman LudlowHughes Trueman Ludlow No
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRCB.J. Hickson Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1080068

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