Monteagle | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Monteagle
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 268 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Parish: Bathurst
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Bathurst Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
268 Keppel StreetBathurstBathurst RegionalBathurstBathurstPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A substantial late Victorian/Federation bungalow associated with the Dulhunty family. One of a group of houses of similar date impressive houses at the northern end of Keppel Street.
Date significance updated: 21 Feb 07
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Builder/Maker: Built by John Dulhunty.
Construction years: 1897-
Physical description: A substantial late victorian/federation bungalow of face brick with an high pitched iron roof. Decorative gable facing street. Corrugated iron frieze to the verandah probably not original. House obscured behind fence.
Modifications and dates: West bedroom and porch added early 1900's.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The assessment (rates books indicate that the house was built some time in 1887. The assessment book for 1887 shows that at the beginning of that year, Alexander Watt owned portion one of Section 68 at the corner of Keppel and Mite Streets. This land was described as “land open”, e.g. not built upon and unfenced. Its annual value was £6. Some time during that year Sir Saul Samuel purchased the land from Mr Watt. The entry in the assessment book for 1888 shows J B Dulhunty as owner and occupier of a house, which had been built on the land, a grazier of Nareena at The Lagoon. Mr. J.B.Dulhunty was active in the campaign to raise funds for an ambulance service in Bathurst in the late 1890’s. The annual (i.e. rental) value of the house was £55.

The dimensions of Monteagle’s allotment as listed in the 1908 assessment book show that Mr Dulhunty then owned about a quarter of the section, (block). By 1924 the allotment had been reduced in size by subdivision to 198 feet along the Keppel Street frontage with a depth of 316 feet.

Mr John Belmore Dulhunty was a son of Robert Venour Dulhunty and his wife Eliza. Robert Dulhunty, sometimes referred to as the founder of Dubbo, was one of the first people to take up land in the Dubbo district. John Belmore Dulhunty dies at Bathurst in August 1918 and is buried in the Holy Trinity Cemetery at Kelso.

In February 1924 Monteagle and the adjoining property Karunda, were put up for sale by auction. However, Monteagle was not sold at the time. In August 1938 Nellie May Tindall brought the house from Mr Dulhunty’s estate for £1,300. In March 1947, Mrs Tindall sold the house to George Nicholas Shadie. The purchase price was £2,000. In June 1951, Keith Sharwood Soames paid Mr Shadie £7,000 for the house. In June 1960, Warren and Margaret Blomfield brought the house from Mr Soames. The purchase price was £5,500.

The Bathurst City Council’s Transfer Register is available to the Historical Society only up to 1970. A search through the register has failed to find an entry indicating another sale of the house. As Mr and Mrs Blomfield gave their address in the 1969 electoral role as 268 Keppel Street, is probable that they owned Monteagle at least into the 1970’s.

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. Late victorian house-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with Dulhunty family
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Substantial late Victorian House
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 PlanMonteagle4819 Nov 14   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBathurst Conservation Area 19 Nov 14   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bathurst City Council Heritage Study1990A646Hughes Trueman LudlowHughes Trueman Ludlow No
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRCB.J. Hickson Yes

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Database number: 1080309

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