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Mv048 : Marthaville

Item details

Name of item: Mv048 : Marthaville
Other name/s: Field's Corner
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 127-129A Great Western Highway, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
127-129A Great Western HighwayMount VictoriaBlue Mountains   Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Marthaville and the associated land is a rare example of a Victorian house in Mount Victoria with associated land providing small scale rural industry. Its remnant cow bail, fencing and landscaping have strong associations with the dairying on the property which provided milk to the village. Marthaville has substantial remnant trees including populus and cupressus (Jack et al.1999).
Date significance updated: 27 Oct 09
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Construction years: 1890-1900
Physical description: Marthaville is a gabled house in Federation carpenter vernacular style with a bullnose verandah at the gabled end facing east to Great Western highway. The house is set below the embankment at the rear (west) (Jack et al. 1999). It is a single storey cottage with a gabled roof and a verandah with a bullnosed roof on its western side (below one gable). Its roof is covered with corrugated iron, while the gables have simple barge boards and turned timber finials. The walls of the cottage are lined externally with rusticated timber weatherboards. The verandah roof is supported off turned timber posts with fretted brackets. Windows generally consist of timber framed double hung sashes divided into two panes by vertical glazing bars. Windows on the northern side of the house are shaded by corrugated iron canopies supported off timber brackets.

There is evidence of dairy farming activity elsewhere on the site, including a corrugated steel cow bail next to a stone wall in one of the paddocks to the south of the house.

A rendered stair leads to the central 5 panel 1/2 glazed door with toplight. Two over 2 pane double hung windows are either side of the door (Jack et al. 1999).

A well on the north side of the house has a large cupressus grwoing in the centre (Jack et al. 1999).

Boundary plantings of populus on south and east boundaries of south paddock (Jack et al. 1999).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Reasonable (Jack et al. 1999).
Date condition updated:27 Oct 09
Modifications and dates: A garage with a shallow pitched metal roof and metal wall cladding has been constructed at the front of the property and adjacent to the house. A skillion roofed addition has been constructed on the south western corner of the house.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Dairy


Historical notes: The land on which "Marthaville" stands is part of the grant made to Henry Bell.

At the beginning of 1900 the local blacksmith Thomas Lanfranchi purchased the land from Elizabeth Bell and Alfred Tertius Holdsworth (LTO 1307-205). By 1916 a house, shop (possibly where Lanfranchi carried out his work) and a garage had been built, and by 1925 the house was known as "Marthaville" (rate records). After Thomas Lanfranchi died the property remained part of his estate for several years until it passed to Francis Charles Lanfranchi , who belonged to the RAAF, during 1945 or the first third of 1946. At the end of 1946 he sold the property to a local carrier, Norman Field, and in November 1952 the title to it was expanded to include his wife Martha. The Fields may have tenanted the property before purchasing it, as it has been claimed that the house was named after Martha Field.

By 1972 Norman Field had died and the property passed to his widow Martha, who sold it in May 1972 to a Blackheath truckdriver, Gordon Commens. He sold it in turn to Wesley Noffs and Amanda Rodic in the middle of 1973. The couple later married, then in 1980 sold "Marthaville" to local carpenter Cecil Mills and his wife Pauline.

By the beginning of 1984 the house and land had become the property of Russell Taylor (LTO 1307-205 and 14357-187).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture (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]
Marthaville is a highly significant local dairy farm with a very rare surviving cow bail in the paddock (Jack et al. 1999).
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Marthaville is a good example of a Federation carpenter vernacular house retaining much of its original fabric. It is located in a prominent position overlooking a bend in the Great Western highway at the entry to Mount Victoria making it a minor landmark (Jack et al. 1999).
SHR Criteria f)
It is claimed that the cow bail is rare.
Integrity/Intactness: "Marthaville" has retained a great deal of intact external 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 PlanLocal Environmental Plan2005MV04807 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV048   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Blue Mountains Heritage Study1983MV048Croft & Associates Pty Ltd & Meredith Walker  Yes
Heritage Study Review, Blue Mountains1992MV048Tropman and Tropman  Yes
Blue Mountains Heritage Register Review1999MV048Jack, R. I. for University of Sydney  Yes
Blue Mountains Heritage Inventory2001MV048Rod Howard Heritage Conservation  Yes
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV048Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1981Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 14357 Folio 187
Written 1916Hartley Rate Roll
Written 1900Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1307 Folio 205
Written  Council Rate Records
WrittenOwner1999Interview, 21 September

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172138

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