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Schoolhouse (Former)

Item details

Name of item: Schoolhouse (Former)
Other name/s: Nelligen Public School and Teacher's Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 11 Braidwood Street, Nelligen, NSW 2536
Local govt. area: Eurobodalla
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
11 Braidwood StreetNelligenEurobodalla  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Historically the School building has local significance for its role in the expansion of public school education in the Nelligen area in the early 20th century. Socially the building has played a significant role in the education of generations of local Nelligen area residents. Scientifically the building and site are significant for itheir potential to reveal information about the form and scale of education in a small South Coast town in the early 20th century and potentially also about the occupancy of the site prior to the turn of the century. As such they have local scientific significance. The teacher's residence has a high degree of integrity, especially when viewed from the street, and this is apparent when the building is compared with the historic 1923 plans. Some side fencing is also part of the historic significant fabric.
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Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: J A Cole
Construction years: 1923-
Physical description: Federation period. Weatherboard with galvanised corrugated iron roof. Timber rail fence on verandah. Modern steel mesh fence at street frontage. Brick chimney.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair - needs paint 2010
Date condition updated:25 Feb 11
Modifications and dates: Verandah flooring stabilised with hardwood timber. Part of original timber picket fence leans against side wall.
Further information: Privately owned in 2009.


Historical notes: The existing residence occupies the site of the original school and residence erected in 1869. The current dwelling dates from 1923 at which time the area of the School grounds was a small half-acre. In 1939 the School was granted temporary permission to use the adjacent Police Station paddock as a play area. School attendances dropped until 1960 when an influx of people brought about the appointment of an Assistant Teacher in 1961. The increased enrolment necessitated the temporary renting of a hall, but in December 1961 it was decided to transfer the closed Stony Creek School building to the Nelligen site. The new building (extended to 24' x 18') and a new Store Room were opened in June 1962. Nelligen School was closed permanently in 1970 when Batemans Bay took over the Primary School functions and Moruya the High School function. At the time, the School consisted of a Teacher's residence with one large and one small school room. The teacher's residence is now private residence.

Assessment of significance

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[Historical significance]
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 PlanEurobodalla Urban Local Environmental Plan 1999 10 May 02 No.852822
Local Environmental PlanEurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012I20020 Jul 12 No.783419
Heritage study NELL/R00401 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Eurobodalla Heritage Study1997NELL/R004The EJE GroupEJE No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAveryl Lindgren2004Nelligen 150 Years On
WrittenG T Reynolds (Snr)1985"The History of the Port of Nelligen - Part I"

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1550197
File number: 95.8810.B

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