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Mv050 : Fermoy

Item details

Name of item: Mv050 : Fermoy
Other name/s: Allen Cottage, Allen, Fermay (Or Fermoy)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 39-43 Victoria Street, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
39-43 Victoria StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains   Primary Address
Hooper StreetMount VictoriaBlue Mountains   Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Fermoy is one of Mount Victoria's earliest homes. The original c1880 Victorian Georgian cottage is remarkably intact within the present elongated form.
The house stands in substantial grounds with evidence of the original gardens including the border plantings to Hooper Street.
Date significance updated: 20 Oct 09
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Construction years: 1880-1880
Physical description: Fermoy is a gabled verandahed cottage on east-west axis facing north to a substantial garden and set below Victoria Street which runs close behind the cottage to the south. The cottage has been extended east and has further east additions with intersecting gables facing north at east end of north elevation.

The roof is of corrugated steel and there are corbelled brick chimneys

The original walls have splayed weatherboards, the later walls chamfered weatherboards. The north gables are shingled, the south gables clad in weatherboards.

The original skillion verandah on the north side has been replaced with a bullnosed verandah which has more recently been extended around intersecting gables and the east gable. A skillion verandah on south side is original.

The gables have plain bargeboards and square finials.

Timber boarded screens are at the west end of the verandahs; the north verandah also has a boarded valance to the verandah

Original 2 over 2 pane shot double hung windows remain on the north elevation.

Evidence of original garden includes cupressus plantings to the Hooper Street boundary.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:23 Dec 99
Modifications and dates: South verandah partly infilled with splayed weatherboards
The original skillion verandah on the north side has been replaced with a bullnosed verandah which has more recently been extended around intersecting gables and the east gable.
East end of south side has large skillion extension, splayed weatherboards at side wall, brick south wall and 6 over 6 pane double hung windows
Fibreglass awnings to some windows

2 no. gabled weatherboard sheds in grounds
Current use: Residence and Clinic
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The site of "Fermoy" was once a part of the land granted to henry Bell on 10 September 1872. A photograph of "Allen", held by the Mount Victoria and District Historical Society, is dated 1884 and suggests that the house, then known as Allen Cottage, was build around 1880 (Howard 2002).

It is one of the earliest surviving homes in Mount Victoria and is shown in a c.1880s photograph held at the Mount Victoria and District Historical Society in its original form of a Victorian Georgian verandahed cottage.

It passed into the possession of the Butler family. William Henry Butler arrived in Mount Victoria in June 1895 to work as night officer on the railway station. (Lithgow Mercury 7.6.1895 & Dalziell, Mount Victoria, Sept 1954). The Butlers acquired land on Hooper Street where they had Nos 6 to 10 erected in 1917, and according to Council rate records acquired "Allen" around the same period of time and subsequently occupied it. The family held onto the property for a number of years after William Butler died, around 1924 (Howard 2002). By the early twentieth century, Mrs Butler was advertising an unfurnished cottage to let. (Mount Victoria Directory) In the 1916 Hartley Roll, Allen cottage is given as the address of the Butler Family, by then including Ann, Gladys Mary and William Henry. It was subsequently altered and extended, with parts used for professional premises.

In 1947 a local commercial artist, George Hubble and his wife Doreen purchased "Allen" although Council rate records suggest that the Hubbles were occupying the house in the years prior to this. After acquiring the property they quickly disposed of it selling it to a local chef, William John Brown in October 1948. The name of the house was changed to "Fermay" (or "Fermoy"). In March 1958 the title to the property was altered when it was transferred to the names of William and Rose Brown (LTO 5869-26; rate records) (Howard 2002).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-
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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Fermoy is one of Mount Victoria's earliest homes, associated with an early railway official and his wife.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Fermoy has evolved from a representative Victorian Georgian cottage to its present elongated form. The original cottage is remarkably intact within the various twentieth century additions.
With its substantial grounds and garden remnants including the cupressus border plantings to Hooper Street, the cottage is an important element in the local streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Low
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 PlanLocal Environmental Plan2005MV05007 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV050   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blue Mountains Heritage Study1983MV050Croft & Associates Pty Ltd & Meredith Walker  Yes
Heritage Study Review, Blue Mountains1992MV050Tropman and Tropman  Yes
Blue Mountains Heritage Register Review1999MV050Jack, R. I. for University of SydneyRIJ & PH Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV050Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Photograph 1885Photograph of Allen Cottage, circa
Written 1948Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 5869 Folio 26
Written 1912Mount Victoria Directory
Written  Council Rate Records

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1170217

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