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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 23 Baker Street, Fernmount, NSW 2454
Local govt. area: Bellingen
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23 Baker StreetFernmountBellingen  Primary Address
At bottom end of street, adj Dutch Coffee HouseFernmountBellingen  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Despite alteration and considerable replacement of fabric this building retains some historic interest. One of the oldest surviving buildings in the Shire. Built when Fernmount was a major settlement, and one of few buildings to survive from those years. Possible commercial origins add to this interest. Surviving Victorian form and detail of continuing architectural interest, as is later Federation style addition.
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Construction years: 1880-1910
Physical description: Late Victorian weatherboard house with what appears to be a Federation front addition. The main building adopts a simple gabled form with steep pitched Gothic style gables. Elaborately carved and fretted barge boards are a distinctive feature. Half octagonal front projection is probably an addition. Skillion verandah returns to side. Weatherboard balustrade with lattice above. Period style picket fence.
Modifications and dates: Considerable replacement of fabric has taken place. This is evidenced by comparison with earlier photo and description in 1984 Planning Workshop report. Alterations include reroofing and possibly reboarding, new windows, metal window hoods and screen doors. Possible even that roof pitch has been altered. Detailing generally not in keeping with original.
Further information: Site visit 2009: lattice enclosure at front; ramp added at side; new wire fencing; small shed extension, with awning to rear of house; new windows and doors at side.
Current use: Residential
Former use: RES Residential


Historical notes: Believed to have been a bank originally, and built c1880. Front addition appears to be c1910. Considerable alteration and replacement of fabric since. 1984 report by Planning Workshop records early 12-pane windows, signs of an earlier verandah and evidence of a shingle roof. These are no longer apparent.

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 d)
[Social significance]
This item is assessed as socially significant locally.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: This item is assessed as socially 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 2010I17906 Aug 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bellingen Heritage Study1991BG0213Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1110213

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