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Fairholme / St Agnes School

Item details

Name of item: Fairholme / St Agnes School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: School - Private
Primary address: 24 Evans Road, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
Parish: Rooty Hill
Local govt. area: Blacktown
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
24 Evans RoadRooty HillBlacktownRooty Hill Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Fairholme is historically significant as a rarae remainingexample of a victioran country manner of a wealthy land owner, and indicates a historic grouping of homestead and service buildings.
Date significance updated: 14 Jan 13
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Physical description: The remaining buidlings from the original residential home use of Fairholme include the main homestead buidling, two small out buildings , service wings to the rear, a well and a pergola and cistern. There is some mention of an underground tunnell connecting the well and the cistenr, but this has not been confirmed.

The main house and rear outbuidlings are stone and brick constructiosn with rendered walls. Original doors, windows, interiors and fireplaces remain.

The main house wing is a simple rectangular buidling with wrap around deep verandahs wthat would once have had a commanding view over the Rooty Hill district. The house features tapered timber columns on the vernandah and elegant tall french doors from each room onto the verandah.

The property is now a school and a westerly two storey wing has been added to homestead as part of the first school development in the 1960's. This was done in a style compaqtible with the homestead. Other school buidligns are located to the east of the homestead.

The buidlign is currently used for administration within the school.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:09 Jan 13
Modifications and dates: c 1960's addition of the school wing. Subdivision of the block to accommodate a retirement village, construction of the school from 1960 onwards.

The front verandah was restored in 2009.

Pavillion over the custern was removed in 2010.
Current use: School Admninistration
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: TBC

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The Property is of high local significance as the substantial early victorian farm holding of the Evans family with a commending presence and views over the Rooty Hill district.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The Hosue has social significance in association wioth early significant settlers of the Rooty Hill district.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The homestead and outbuidlings are a highly informative grouping of an early victorian farm manor, built to maximise views and a sense of presence within the neighbourhood. The buildings contain significant construction features, details and interiors that provide an understanding of the early victorian aesthetic.

The building includes unusual details in the size and sculpting of the tapered timber verandah posts and the elegant symmetrical arrangement of the french doors to the verandah.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The Fairholme Group is of high research potential including archaeological remains in and around the buidling group, as well as the revealing of older finishes and building layout arrangements in the less altered rear service wings.
SHR Criteria g)
Fairholme is representative of the large farm estates of wealthy landowners in the Rooty hill district which were built to maxoimise the scenic qualities of the area including long range views to Sydney and to the Blue Mountains.
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.

Recommended management:

A conservation and Management Plan should be rpepared that documents the history and significance of the building and outbuildings.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAmend No 143 12 Apr 02 722262
Local Environmental Plan 9807 Jul 15 430 

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
In House Heritage Items Review2009 Margaret Fallon  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1140111

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