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Dobroyde [Item 41]

Item details

Name of item: Dobroyde [Item 41]
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 6 Clarence Street, Burwood, NSW 2134
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Burwood
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Clarence StreetBurwoodBurwoodConcordCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 6 Clarence Street, Burwood has historic and aesthetic significance as a very good example of a single storeyed c. 1913 house designed in the Federation Queen Anne style and constructed for Archibald Ramsay. The building significantly retains its overall scale, form, character and detailing including face brickwork, a double gable feature with timber vents and shingled detail to the gable ends, an open verandah on a stone base with timber posts and low metal balustrade, face brickwork walls. The building and garden make a good contribution to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 14 May 14
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Construction years: 1913-1913
Physical description: Single storey c.1913 Federation Queen Anne style house with a terracotta tiled hipped and gabled roof with tall roughcast rendered chimneys with brick corbelled capping and terracotta pots. The front facade has a double gable feature with timber vents and shingled detail to the gable ends. The main roof changes pitch and extends over an open verandah on a stone base with timber posts and low metal balustrade, which extends across the front and around the north eastern corner of the building with faceted hipped feature over the corner. Walls are constructed of face brickwork. Windows are timber frame double hung and casement and there are timber French doors and shutters.

The building is elevated above and set well back from the street frontage which has a stone retaining wall and steps and open garden with wall, trees and shrubs between. A concrete driveway extends from the street frontage parallel to the eastern side boundary to the rear corner of the site


Historical notes: The first land grants in the Burwood district included those to Thomas Rowley in 1799 and William Faithful in 1808. In 1812, Rowley’s ‘Burwood Farm’ was bought by Alexander Riley, who built the first house in the district, ‘Burwood Villa’ in 1814.

Early activity in the area included farming activities, collection of timber and the development of service industries along Parramatta and Liverpool Roads. A railway was constructed in 1855 to link Sydney and Parramatta, with Burwood being one of the six stops. It became a passenger service for the wealthy city businessmen who lived in villa estates. A village subdivision was laid out around the railway line in 1854 and the area remained relatively open. Through to the 1880’s, a number of gentleman’s estates were established in and around Burwood.

By 1895 the villa estates had largely been subdivided. Burwood remained an attractive railway suburb of gentlemen’s residences and during the following two decades its character as a garden suburb developed as there was limited industrial development in the area, but there was a variety of service industries as well as some modest homes.

In Australia the Federation Queen Anne architecture exhibits qualities that are similar from English models from which it drew inspiration. Buildings in this style are domestic in scale and use traditional vernacular motifs to achieve informality of planning, massing, fenestration and landscaping.

In 1888 Clarence Street became part of the Cheltenham Estate subdivision with various allotments sold from this time. In 1889 the lots facing Clarence Street were purchased by Susan Hurst of Burwood. She retained some of the lots until 1911 when the land was transferred to the Permanent Trustee Company of NSW Ltd. In 1913 No. 6 Clarence Street, ‘Dobroyd’ was constructed for Archibald Ramsay. The Permanent Trustee Company retained ownership of the property until 1928 when it was sold to William Seymour Brooks of Burwood, a Medical Practitioner. The property was sold again in 1960 from about which time it is assumed that it was used as a boarding house. The site, extending between Clarence and Church Streets was also subdivided into three lots at this time. The house occupied the larger Lot 1, with two smaller lots with frontage to Church Street to its south. The property has since changed ownership and some alterations and additions have taken place.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Garden Suburbs-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site and building are of local historical significance as part of an early subdivision and Federation period of development in the local area constructed in c. 1913.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is of local aesthetic significance as a good intact example of a single storey c. 1913 house designed in the Federation Queen Anne style. The building retains its original form, character and detailing including face brickwork, a double gable feature with timber vents and shingled detail to the gable ends and an open verandah on a stone base with timber posts and a low metal balustrade.
SHR Criteria g)
The building is a very good representative example of a single storey Federation Queen Anne style house that was constructed c. 1913.
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.

Recommended management:

[a] Architectural detailing and decorative elements of the building should be conserved. [b] The form, scale and character of the building, together with its curtilage and streetscape presentation should be maintained. [c] No new openings i.e. windows and doors should be made to the front facade of the building. [d] Any future additions should be generally confined to the rear of the building and should be subordinate to the principal building form. [e] Architectural details and decorative elements which have been damaged or lost should be repaired and/or reinstated (based on sound evidence/research). [f] The major garden elements should be retained including significant trees or specimen plantings, retaining walls, stairs etc. [g] The garden setting of the front yard and generous side setbacks should be retained.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanDobroyde001921 Jul 89 844570
Local Environmental PlanBurwood LEP 2012i4109 Nov 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Burwood Heritage study19863.12Fox & Associates Architects/Planners Sydney  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenP. Reynolds1983A Study of the Clarence Street Precinct

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1250249

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