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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Other name/s: Grafton Podiartry Centre
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 29 Queen Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
29 Queen StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This weatherboard clad Federation dwelling is thought to be historically significant for its association with the successful Grafton builders - Strauss and Sons (but this is yet to be confirmed). It is representative of its type and sits well with a quality brick dwelling at 27 Queen Street. Both former residences are set back from the footpath and are softened by plantings to the front. Further research is warranted on this building.
Date significance updated: 09 Jul 15
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Physical description: A single storey weatherboard Federation styled house with projecting gable to the front. Hipped iron roof with bull-nosed verandah over the front and northern side verandah. Filigree iron work below the verandah rail. Additions to the rear. Picket fence and garden to the front.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:04 Jan 80
Modifications and dates: Various modification including addition of disabled access ramp to the front. The northern bullnose verandah has been enclosed. Windows have been altered to aluminium , plus commercial glass paned entry door.
Further information: This former residence has been adaptively re used for a commercial purpose. It could be used as an example for adaptive reuse for other dwellings which now lie within a commercial precinct.
Current use: Residence/Podiartry centre
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: This dwelling was reportedly built as the residence for the Strauss brothers who were prolific builders in Grafton at the turn of the century and were the sons of sucessful German migrant Peter Strauss who arrived in Grafton with the Wunderlich and Jordon families in 1856 (Nita Child, 2005). According to Jahn (130) the Strauss Brothers became one of the best - known building firm in Grafton. The firm was established in1895 by Johan Strauss (1864 -1935) and Charles Strauss, who served four years apprenticeship with George Wunderlich. At their peak they employed over 40 tradesmen and apprentices.

Drainage diagrams dated 5/11/1934, however, show the owner as Estate Late J. H. McDonald. In other words it was not owned by the Strauss's at this time.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-
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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This dwelling indicates growth in Grafton at the turn of the century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This house may be significant for its association with the sucessful Grafton builders Strauss and Sons.
SHR Criteria g)
It is representative of its type.
Integrity/Intactness: Modified but the scale and form it intact and it has been adaptively reused.
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:

Should be listed as a pair with 27 Queen street.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Within a conservation area on an LEPGrafton Heritage Conservation AreaC323 Dec 11 2011-701 
Potential Heritage Item     
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: 1640041

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