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Edwardian House

Item details

Name of item: Edwardian House
Other name/s: Rostony
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 196 Rocket Street, Bathurst, NSW 2795
Parish: Bathurst
County: Bathurst
Local govt. area: Bathurst Regional
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
196 Rocket StreetBathurstBathurst RegionalBathurstBathurstPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A well detailed Edwardian residence; and one of a group of similar residences, displaying many of the characteristics of the period. Built for Mr. Larkin, a tailor and menswear merchant of Bathurst.
Date significance updated: 18 Jun 13
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Designer/Maker: William Dryden,architect
Construction years: 1909-
Physical description: A well detailed Edwardian residence which has has the name 'Rostoney' and is a single storey early federation house in face brick in Flemish bond. The house has a hipped and gabled corrugated iron clad roof with decorative gables facing the two streets and the gables are decorated with rough cast render curved plain panels and timber work. The windows of the house are generally pairs of casements with pairs of fanlights above.
The verandah of the house which addresses the corner has a bullnosed iron roof supported on half height timber, elaborately turned posts with matching brackets supported in turn on a low face brick wall. The roof of the house has exposed rafters. Around the house at sill level and head is some rendered painted work. Front fence is a timber picket fence.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:31 Jan 07
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: The house, known as 196 Rocket Street, was built in 1909/10 for Hugh Larkin as his own residence. The house was erected under the supervision of William Dryden, a local architect.

In 1912 Mr Larkin built No. 200 Rocket Street on his land thus reducing the size of the allotment on which No. 196 Rocket Street stands.

Mr Larkin was a tailor and menswear merchant and his place of business, which traded as Larkin Bros, was in George Street between Howick and Russell Streets. Over a period he occupied several different shop premises, the last being No. 78 George Street, built in 1936.

William Dryden was a wood-carver who worked on the 1897 improvements to S.S. Michael and John’s Cathedral. About 1907 he commenced to practice architecture. Amongst the buildings he, later, designed where the Chapel at St Joseph’s Mount and the Chapel at Bishopscourt.

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-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanEdwardian house6219 Nov 14   
Within a conservation area on an LEPBathurst Conservation Area    
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bathurst City Council Heritage Study1990A427Hughes Trueman LudlowHughes Trueman Ludlow No
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRC  Yes
BRC City Conservation Area Heritage Review2006 Hickson in assoc with BRCB.J. Hickson Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenHighes Trueman and Ludlow1989City of Bathurst Heritage Study

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1080320

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