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Former Fernmount Police Station- comprising brick residence and attached cell bl

Item details

Name of item: Former Fernmount Police Station- comprising brick residence and attached cell bl
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 647 Waterfall Way, Fernmount, NSW 2454
Local govt. area: Bellingen
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
647 Waterfall WayFernmountBellingen  Primary Address
South side of road at entry from the coastFernmountBellingen  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

A reasonably standard Federation design but rare for the Shire. One of a handful of local brick houses from this period. Chimneys, timberwork and roughcast also display a higher degree of decoration than is common locally. Retains interest despite painting of brickwork, and essentially intact otherwise. Set on a prominent site at the entry to Fernmount from the coast.
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Construction years: 1910-
Physical description: Federation brick house, now painted. Standard L-shaped plan arrangement. Complex iron roof with four brick chimneys. Roughcast gable with brackets. Low pitched verandah continuous with main roof. Good turned timber posts with brackets and slatted balustrade. Close to main road with attractive garden area.
Modifications and dates: Brickwork unlikely to have been painted originally. Security door. Otherwise little altered.
Further information: Site visit 2009: window shutters added; new timber balustrade; original verandah decorative cornicing; sympathetic flyscreens added to windows; security flyscreen doors added to rear; new roofing and guttering; new paint; well established grounds; shade sail added to rear; decorative vent covers around building; awning at rear added; well restored.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Recorded in 1984 Planning Workshop report. The author believed the style of the building suggested Government origins.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant locally.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
Integrity/Intactness: This item is assessed as historically significant by association locally.
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 PlanBLEP 2010I19006 Aug 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bellingen Heritage Study1991BG0212Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1110212

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