Pemberley | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Pemberley
Other name/s: Pemberly
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 163 Villiers Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary and street verge. Located on the corner with Hoof Street
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
163 Villiers StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This well maintained residence is one of a number of buildings whose age, bulk and form, make a contribution to the Villier's Streetscape. It is representative of the Federation housing style with bullnosed verandah and fine glazing bars used in the windows.
Date significance updated: 20 May 08
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Physical description: Single storey weatherboard with gable to the front and bull-nosed verandah to front and side. Chimney intact. Gambrelled iron roof. verandah posts are plain and appear to be original. Two windows under the front gable are long and narrow with the glazing bars dividing the glass into sections with decorative coloured glass in each corner. French doors onto the verandah may not be original. There is no fence but some mature garden plantings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:30 Jun 05
Modifications and dates: Modifications have not always been sympathetic.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The early history of this cottage is not known. Drainage Plans show it was owned by E.W. Skyvington in 1939. At that time it was known as 129 Villiers Street. It has had several owners since then including Big River Cruises Pty Ltd in 1976.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This well maintained residence is one of a number of buildings whose age, bulk and form, make a contribution to the Villier's Streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
It is a representative example of a federation residence.
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:

This well presented residence is one of a number of buildings (at 155,157,159 ) whose age, bulk and form, makes a contribution to the historic Villier's streetscape. It is a good representative example of a federation residence which is largely intact.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Potential Heritage ItemSchedule 1 23 Sep 88 1475033
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640039

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