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Commerical Building Whiteman's

Item details

Name of item: Commerical Building Whiteman's
Other name/s: Whitemans
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 76-100 Argyle Street, Camden, NSW 2570
Local govt. area: Camden
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP1027952
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
76-100 Argyle StreetCamdenCamden  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A two storey rendered masonry building (of late Victorian/Federation origins) and adjacent mid 20th Century facaded shop are manifestations of a rich social history as the former site of Whitemans store, one of the longest serving businesses in the Camden district. Both buildings are important historical reminders of the growth and development of Camden Township from its late Victorian period to the new beginnings of post war Camden. Although the original verandah to the larger building has been removed. Documentary evidence now exists for its possible reconstruction. The buildings continue to be used as shops selling household goods as 'Argyle Living'. They are both important buildings in the visually historic make up of Camden's main streetscape.
Date significance updated: 30 Jun 03
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Physical description: Originally an early timber verandahed Federation period store, existing as two storey rendered masonry building with hipped tile roof, projecting brick chimneys and shopfront modifications (wide alluminium framed glazing and awning) to ground level. Second storey painted timber framed windows are shaded by a steeply pitched tile roof awning supported on painted timber brackets.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The buildings appear reasonably sound.
Date condition updated:23 Jun 03
Modifications and dates: Modifications to allow for shopfront conversion most likely began from 1889 (when Whiteman took over the premises from J Burret). The modifications and additions continued to throughout the early 20th century to accomodate for expansion of the Whiteman business and re-use of the premises afterward.
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Commercial


Historical notes: In 1887 Charles Thomas Whiteman, who operated a family business in Sydney bringing produce to Camden, bought a single storey home in Oxley Street and ran his store from this location for ten years before moving to premises previously occupied by Iron mongerer J.Burret. The business, which sold a variety of goods including menswear, haberdashery, ladieswear, and hardware, became one of the longest serving in Camden. The theme of house hold goods continues in the buildings current incarnation as 'Argyle Living'.

Assessment of significance

Integrity/Intactness: Alterations have impacted upon the integrity of the late 19th / early 20th century built fabric but the mid 20th century buildings significant qualities appear to be reasonably intact.
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 and the townscape contribution of the buildings. Further investigation of detailed significant fabric and values should guide any future decisions for the place with photographic evidence having come to light of the original 2 storey verandah to the larger building.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I903 Sep 10   
Heritage study     

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1280144

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