Macaria | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Macaria
Other name/s: Camden Council
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Council Chambers
Location: Lat: -34 03 19 Long: 150 41 37
Primary address: 37 John Street, Camden, NSW 2570
Parish: CAMDEN
County: CAMDEN
Local govt. area: Camden
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP216189
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
37 John StreetCamdenCamdenCAMDENCAMDENPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

For a house of this scale, Macaria is among the best picturesque Gothic houses in Australia. This, when combined with its importance to Camden, makes it a building of great significance. (National Estate Database)
Part of the John Street group.
A fine early townhouse of distinctive and interesting architectural quality, associated with an important figure of the town's early years.
Date significance updated: 03 Sep 02
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Builder/Maker: Henry Thompson
Physical description: An excellent example of a Picturesque Tudor-Gothic residence of brick with stone dressings, wooden fretwork on the verandahs, and high brick chimneys and gable windows. Its high pitched gable roof, which was probably once shingled, is now covered with corrugated iron. It has two single panelled timber entrance doors with a highlight window, double hung windows, ornate timber bargeboards, quoining stones and filials and pendants on the gables.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is in good condition.
Date condition updated:31 May 02
Modifications and dates: There is a brick addition to the rear of the building with a corrugated iron gable roof.
New entrance way to the new Council building behind.
Current use: Camden Council Chambers
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: It was built by Henry Thompson, a notable Camden identity, who took up residence in the mid 1840's. He founded the first water-driven mill at the corner of Argyle and Edward Streets and later built brick steam mills which eventually became the Camden Tweed Mills. It was for many years the home of Dr F.W. West and later of other medical doctors. Now it is owned by Camden Council and retained as part of their Civic Centre complex. The stable and barn, a small building of similar style on the southern side of the house, were demolished to allow an entranceway to the new Council building behind.

Assessment of significance

Integrity/Intactness: Macaria retains good integrity and intactness.
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:

Conserve and maintain significant fabric.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I4503 Sep 10   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Survey and Report 19th Century Buildings and Sites Camden  Proudfoot, Helen  No
Macarthur Region Heritage Study1986 JRC Planning Services  Yes
Historic Buildings of Camden1983 Wrigley, John  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1280013

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