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Mv068 : Weatherboard Cottage

Item details

Name of item: Mv068 : Weatherboard Cottage
Other name/s: Eileen
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 135-139 Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Parish: Hartley
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
135-139 Great Western HighwayMount VictoriaBlue Mountains HartleyCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

135-139 Great Western Highway has associations with the Lanfranchi family, which was prominent within the local community during the first half of the twentieth century.The scale, form and detailing of the cottage is characteristic of timber Federation era cottages, and similar to "Marthaville" at 127-129A Great Western Highway. The exterior of the cottage is quite intact.
Date significance updated: 01 Feb 02
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Physical description: 135-139 Great Western Highway is a single storey cottage with a gabled roof and a verandah with a bullnosed roof that extends across its front, while the rear section of the cottage has a skillion roof. The gables have simple timber barge boards and turned timber finials. Walls are lined externally with timber weatherboards. Windows generally consist of timber framed double hung sashes which are divided into two paned by vertical glazing bars, some of which are shaded by bracketted canopies.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: 135-139 Great Western Highway is a part of Henry Bell's grant.

On 14 September 1911 the title to over 2 acres of land was transferred from the widow Elizabeth Bell to local railway signalman Francis Lanfranchi. His relative Thomas Lanfranchi had purchased what was to become "Marthaville" at the beginning of 1900 and at the end of 1911 proceeded to acquire more land in the vicinity. The house that occupies part of 135-139 Great Western Highway was probably built by Francis Lanfranchi after acquiring the land, and by 1925, if not earlier, was known as "Eileen"

In 1935 the property passed to company secretary Osborne McIntosh company secretary of Alexandria, and the title to it was then transferred to Thomas William Lanfranchi, who was employed in the railways, in September 1935. He mortgaged the property to the Bank of New South Wales in January 1936, then in September 1938 transferred the title to part of his land to the Council of the Shire of Blue Mountains, leaving him something over an acre (LTO 2202-113).

In 1969 Thomas Lanfranchi's property passed into the jurisdiction of public trustee Stanley Wadell, who then sold it to two widows from Blackheath, May Jobson and Thora Parker, in June 1970. The pair mortgaged it, then the following September sold it to Donald Hall of Penrith. He in turn sold it to a local woman, Mrs Margaret Champ, around the beginning of 1972 (LTO 4992-158).

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 a)
[Historical significance]
The cottage has associations with the Lanfranchi family, which was prominent within the local community during the first half of the twentieth century, if not before.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
135-139 Great Western Highway is characteristic of timber Federation era cottages, and has retained a great deal of its early fabric. It has visual associations with "Marthaville" at 127-129A Great Western Highway, particularly in its scale, form and detailing.
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 PlanLEP2005MV06807 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV068   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV068Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1938Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 4992 Folio 158
Written 1911Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 2202 Folio 113
Written 1911Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 2195 Folio 100
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: 1172135

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