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Bh201 : Goolhi

Item details

Name of item: Bh201 : Goolhi
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Bungalow
Primary address: 129 Wentworth Street, Blackheath, NSW 2785
Parish: Blackheath
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
129 Wentworth StreetBlackheathBlue Mountains BlackheathCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

"Goolhi" is a good and representative Federation era cottage that is visually an important item in this part of Wentworth Street and contributes to the street's architectural quality.
Date significance updated: 21 Jan 02
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Physical description: "Goolhi" is a single storey double fronted cottage. The main portion of roof has a hipped configuration, while the roof over the projecting front room has a gabled form and decoratively fretted timber barge boards, and both are covered with corrugated iron. The projecting front room has a bay the roof of which is lined with flat metal sheeting with rolled joints and has a fretted fascia board . Three substantial cement rendered chimneys rise above the roof and feature relatively elaborate mouldings at their tops. A verandah runs across part of the front of the house and has a corrugated iron roof with a bullnosed profile which is partly supported off a turned timber post with brackets. A turned timber frieze runs beneath the verandah beam; the southern end of the verandah has been enclosed to form a a small room that is accessible from the outside. Walls are lined with rusticated timber weatherboards. Windows are timber framed and are double hung sashes divided into panes with fine glazing bars, although the windows of the bay consist of casement sashes with multi paned highlights above.
Modifications and dates: The enclosed section of verandah is a modification to the house.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: At the beginnning of December 1905 Joseph Jackson entered into the possession of various allotments in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Hydora Estate, the subdivision of Andrew Gardiner's grant. He sold off the various allotments and on 21 January 1907 transferred the title of two adjoining blocks of land to his wife, Annie Blanch Jackson on 21 January 1907 (LTO 1654-173).

On 13 August 1914 Annie Jackson mortgaged the land to George Brighton of Sydney, then the following 12 February sold it to Ebenezer Fox, a Methodist minister who was at that time serving at Concord, then served as the minister at Blackheath Presbyterian Church between 21 April 1915 and 5 June 1918 (Yeaman, p.182, LTO 1762-119). Fox purchased a house as well as land, as proved by Blackheath Council's rate records. The house was called "Goolhi", contained eight rooms and was two storeys high at the rear. House and land cost Reverend Fox six hundred pounds.

A small part of one of the allotments was resumed by the Council of the Municipality of Blackheath during 1923. Then, after the death of Reverend Fox, who was no longer living in Blackheath, the property was inherited by Dr Hedley Ebenezer Fox of Roseville during 1929. It remained in his possession for a number of years, then in June 1938 he sold it to Lawrence James McHattie, a chief petty officer of Maroubra and his wife Matilda. The McHatties kept the property for almost forty years. It was eventually inherited by Lawrence James McHattie in 1978 (LTO 4301-104).

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
"Goolhi", despite the modifications that have taken place to the verandah, is a good and representative Federation era cottage. Visually the house is an important item in this part of Wentworth Street and contributes to its architectural quality.
SHR Criteria g)
"Goolhi" is representative of a Federation era cottage.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of "Goolhi" has retained a substantial amount of 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 PlanLEP2005BH20107 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study BH201   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008BH201Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1929Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 4301 Folio 104
Written 1907Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1762 Folio 119
Written 1905Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1654 Folio 173
Written  Blackheath Council Rate Records
WrittenJohn Yeaman and others1976Historic Blackheath

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172118

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