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The Gables

Item details

Name of item: The Gables
Other name/s: The Gables
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 106 Queen Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Parish: Great Marlow
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
106 Queen StreetGraftonClarence ValleyGreat MarlowClarencePrimary Address
Fry StGraftonClarence Valley  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

The house is a very good representative example of a quality weatherboard clad Federation dwelling and is architecturally very significant retaining many decorative elements. It is also significant for its association with the well known Zuill family of Grafton. The Zuill family were an early pioneering family on the Clarence, farmed in the Carr's Creek area and were generous supporters of the Presbyterian church.
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Physical description: Located on the corner of Queen and Fry streets this is a good example of a quality Federation style single storey timber residence with iron roof and bull-nosed verandah. An L shape dwelling with complicated verandahs and filigree iron work under the verandah board. Lattice now used for screening. Moulded window surrounds. Original joinery to the front door.Three brick chimneys intact. Sandstock brick footings. Rendered piers each side of the entry steps. Mature garden with old frangipani tree. Similar in style to houses in Villiers Street.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Exceptionally well maintained.
Date condition updated:28 May 08
Modifications and dates: New roof over house and verandah
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The early history of the dwelling is unknown but sewer plans dated 1935 show Mrs M.M. Zuill as the owner. The Zuill family were a well known pioneering family on the Clarence. They were generous supporters of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia and community members remember Miss Flo who lived in the house.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This cottage is historically significant showing the variety of housing styles being built in Grafton at the turn of the century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The house is associated with the Zuill family, particularly Miss Flo.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This dwelling is architectually very significant as an example of a quality Federation home with many decorative features retained including the moulded timber windows with arched heads, original joinery, and chimneys.
SHR Criteria g)
The house is a good representative example of the Federation style
Integrity/Intactness: This dwelling has high 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 exterior and cottage garden setting. Development on adjacent commercial lots should not compromise this significant dwelling.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011272 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640091

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