Neoblie | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Neoblie
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: Great Western Highway, Mount Druitt, NSW 2770
Parish: Rooty Hill
Local govt. area: Blacktown
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Great Western HighwayMount DruittBlacktownRooty Hill Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Neoblie is an excellent example of its style, surviving largely intact. It was located close to a major road which would have given it landmark qualities for travellers in the late nineteenth century as it does now. It has associations with local families, as well as Gustavius Lix who was a well travelled man and likely entertained many individuals he met on his travels. Neoblie is located in an area that saw the development of Mt Druitt as an important place due to its proximity to the road, schools, general facilities and the first live hare coursing track in Australia
Date significance updated: 19 Nov 15
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Physical description: The building form is rectangular in shape with a hipped roof. The masonry section contains 4 bedrooms and a central hallway. Verandahs are located on all 4 sides. The northern verandah was infilled to create a kitchen, laundry and bathroom, which have since been removed. The masonry section is constructed of sandstock brick, the external walls being laid in flemish bond.. The external walling is severed by french doors and highlights resulting in continuous brick walling only occurring between the doors. The roof is corrugated iron. (Graham Edds: 1992)

The interior shows detailing similar to other contemporary houses in the Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill area including Howard Villa (Mt Druitt), and 24 Mary Street Rooty Hill, and the Oaks Osk Hurst, with the use of diagonal timber boarding.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:18 Apr 08
Modifications and dates: Building was stablised and restored in 2010, removing the bathroom and rear verandah enclosures.
Further information: The house requires services and amenities to enable ongoing use. There is no formal access to the site, and no access to the site from the Great Western Highway.
Former use: private residence


Historical notes: It is unclear whether nebilie was built by Charles paull or his son, James. Charles Paull owned and operated the Golden Sheaf Inn at Colyton and the southern part of the Druitt Estate (part of Major George Druitt’s grant), including the land which Neoblie is located on. While some believe the residence was built by Charles, others say that it was built c1884 by his son, James.

Neoblie was bought by the Lix family c1900. It appears that there had been at least one other family in ownership of the property between these two owners. The Lix’s were big entertainer’s and the house was constantly filled with visitor’s, suggesting that it was likely to be a well visited location by individuals known to Gustavius, including those met on his worldwide travels.

Gustavius Lix was a well travelled gentleman, partly due to his position as secretary of various international expositions held in Paris and London. He had originally come to Australia from France to assist with the exposition in Sydney in 1879-80s. Descendents of the Lix family, including the Ryan’s, inhabited the cottage until the early 1970s when it was sold to the State Planning Authority. It was given to Blacktown City Council by the state government in the 1990s. (Blacktown Advocate: 1972)

Neoblie was a functioning popular residence at an important time in Mt Druitt, where not only were community activities important….such as church and school activities, but also close to the first live hare coursing track in Australia which brought people from many areas to the locality.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Subdivision and urban growth-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Neoblie is of Historic significance to Blacktown as remaining a substantial brick victorian home indicating the victorian era development along the Great western highway.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Has associations with a long time family of the area (the Lix’s/Ryan’s) and Gustavius Lix, a man of international significance due to his associations with the World Expositions, in particular as secretary
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Neoblie has a commanding presence located on a rise above the Great Western Highway. It is a typical Victorian homestead and includes internal and external features relating to vernacular construction from that era.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The homestead site provides the opportunity for research into the location of former outbuildings, and wells etc.
Integrity/Intactness: very good
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 PlanAmend No 143 12 Apr 02 722262
Local Environmental Plan 4107 Jul 15 430 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blacktown Heritage Study1988 Jonathan Falk Planning Consultants in association with Rodney Jensen and Assoc.s  No
In House Heritage Items Review2009 Margaret Fallon  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGraham Edds & Associates1992Architectural Analysis, structural condition and geotechnical report - neoblie

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1140038

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