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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 45 Bourke Street, Riverstone, NSW 2765
Parish: St. Matthew
Local govt. area: Blacktown
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
45 Bourke StreetRiverstoneBlacktownSt. Matthew Primary Address

Statement of significance:

45 Bourke Street has historic significance as a high quality example of a remaining middle class Victorian home indicating the development of Riverstone in late 19th century into a village as a result of the opening of the Riverstone Meat Works.
Date significance updated: 31 Dec 18
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Physical description: A substantial Victorian weatherboard cottage, with a galvanised iron roof. The original bell cast corrugated galvanised iron verandah roof has been replaced with a bull-nose federation style roof with the dormer in the main roof structure being a later addition. Original out buildings and wash house remain at rear.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:27 Mar 13
Modifications and dates: New garage, upper level loft and dorma, bull-nosed verandah, internal renovations.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Accomodation


Historical notes: The property is one of the many small weatherboard houses built in the Victorian era as Riverstone developed into a village in response to the establishment of the tannery and meat works in the district.

It is also possible that this house was used for private rental guest accommodation in the Victorian era as evidenced by the remaining "rooms" attached to the rear, a former set of room that was located also at the rear of the property, and the wash house.

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. (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 Subdivision and urban growth-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has historic significance to Riverstone as a remaining example of a Victorian residence constructed as the village developed after the opening of the Riverstone Meat Works.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building has aesthetic significance as a remaining example of Victorian weatherboard construction as a middle class home. The grouping of out buildings also indicates the patterning of place used for private rental rooms.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The property has the potential to provide for further research into its use for guest accommodation in the Victorian era.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative Victorian timber cottage in Riverstone.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 7007 Jul 15 430 
Heritage study B/R-11   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blacktown Heritage Study1988 Jonathan Falk Planning Consultants in association with Rodney Jensen and Assoc.s  No
Heritage Study of the North Western Sector of Sydney1984B/R-11Howard Tanner and Associates  No
In House Heritage Items Review2009 Margaret Fallon  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1140070

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