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Bh156 : Ribbons and Rainbows

Item details

Name of item: Bh156 : Ribbons and Rainbows
Other name/s: Ribbons and Rainbows, Batley
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 64 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW 2785
Parish: Blackheath
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
64 Govetts Leap RoadBlackheathBlue Mountains BlackheathCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

64 Govetts Leap Road provides evidence of the consolidation and development of Blackheath in the wake of the subdivision and sale of the Hydora Estate.The cottage is a good example of a small scaled Federation era dwelling, and is unusual in the context of Blackheath's village centre because of its brick construction and the architectural detailing of its facade. It is part of a group of Federation era dwellings along this section of Govetts Leap Road that form an important part of the village townscape.
Date significance updated: 12 Apr 02
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Physical description: 64 Govetts Leap Road is a single storey cottage with a hipped roof covered with corrugated iron and brick walls. The wall of the southern side of the building, facing Govetts Leap Road, has been faced with cement render that has been coursed to resemble stone, while the walls along the sides are of face or common brick with a plinth of cement render; external walls have been painted. A rendered chimney with decorative mouldings at its top penetrates the roof on the eastern side of the house. A verandah with a bullnosed profile roof runs across the front of the house. Its ends have been enclosed with timber partitions that contain small panels of differently coloured glass; turned timber posts, brackets and valance panel appear to be original, or if a later reconstruction are appropriately detailed. Windows are generally timber framed, with double hung sashes.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
64 Govetts Leap Road is in good condition.
Date condition updated:17 Jan 02
Current use: Shop
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: The site of 64 Govetts Leap Road is part of the large amount of land acquired by Joseph Jackson after the subdivision of Andrew Gardner's land grant. In the course of the sale of his land, in February 1908 Jackson sold an allotment to Ann Halliday, the wife of plasterer John Halliday. At that time the couple lived in Petersham and may have built the cottage that stands on the site for recreational purposes (LTO 1859-158).

In December 1930 Mrs Halliday sold the property to Thomas Wooffindin from Hurstville, and in May 1939 Wooffindin sold it to Alice Ann Macnaught, the wife of William Macnaught, from Sydney. About five years later, in August 1944, Alice Macnaught sold the house and land to Stanley Bernard Walsh, a smallgoodsman from Forest Lodge. Less than two years later the property was sold again, this time to Joyce Finley and Mary McEwen, who was the daughter of Ivy Coogan, licensee of Gardiners Inn between 1935 and 1943 and married to John McEwen, who was the hotel's licensee between 1943 and 1946 (Bates, p.85). In February 1950 the women sold it to Henry Collier, one of the prominent Collier family.

Henry Collier owned the property for about twenty eight years, until 1978, when it was sold to Terence and Diana Kenny, from North Sydney. In 1984 the Kennys sold it to Michael and Monique Manners, who purchased "Glenella" next door at the same period of time. The Manners' in turn sold it Alexander and Margaret Petunis in 1988 (LTO 1859-158)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (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]
64 Govetts Leap Road provides evidence of the consolidation and development of Blackheath in the wake of the subdivision and sale of the Hydora Estate.

The property has some associations with the prominent Collier family, although the extent of these has not been ascertained.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
64 Govetts Leap Road is a good example of a small scaled Federation era cottage, which forms part of a group of contemporary dwellings along this section of Govetts Leap Road.

The cottage is unusual because of its brick construction and architecturally pretentious front, which features coursed cement render. Brick construction combined with this level of detailing is unusual for a Federation era dwelling in the village centre.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of 64 Govetts Leap Road has retaiend a large amount of its early and original fabric.
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 PlanLEP2005BH15607 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study BH156   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008BH156Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1908Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1859 Folio 158
WrittenGeoff Bates1981Gardners Inn Blackheath Blue Mountains NSW: Sesqui-centenary 1831-1981

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172016

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