Dunvegan | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Dunvegan
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 47 Pound Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property including the trees
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
47 Pound StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Clarence Valley is noted for its timber industry which initially harvested soft woods like cedar and later hardwoods for construction purposes. Dunvegan an imposing two storey timber clad residence, unusually large in scale and in largely original condition, tells of the local use of this timber. Built for the Powell family in 1905 and extended in 1926 it presents a variety of Victorian and Federation elements including iron lace balustrading and valances and carved barge boards with fretted work at the apex. It is now in public ownership and forms part of the Grafton TAFE complex. Buildings of this quality and size are becoming increasingly rare in Grafton. It is likely to be significant to the State.
Date significance updated: 17 Jun 08
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Builder/Maker: attributed to George Wunderlich & sons
Construction years: 1905-1905
Physical description: Built about 1905 for Powell family house, it is a two storey weatherboard clad building in very sound condition. It has retained original joinery with moulded windows, french doors to the verandah and filigree iron work. With two projecting gables to Pound street joined by verandahs this is an imposing house. Located in the central part of the city and set amongst large mature street trees it is now a prestige building in the TAFE grounds.

A photograph dated 1909 shows that the building when constructed had only one gable end facing the street. Today the house has two bays, one at either end, the eastern one being a 1926 additions. It repeats exactly the detailing to doors and windows of the original bay, including timber window surrounds, paired small paned sash windows, and carved bargeboards with fretted work at the apex. The verandah between the two bays has elaborate iron lace balustrading and valances and timber posts. The combination of iron and timber detailing is indicative of the transition from Victorian to Federation styles which occurred in Grafton at the turn of the century. The front door has an extremely unusual arrangement of panelling.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:09 May 07
Modifications and dates: Addition c1926 new gable wing (Jahn,1985)
Restored by TAFE c 2000
Current use: Offices
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: This imposing residence was built for the Powell family. It is now offices for TAFE. Further research is warrented on this building.

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)-
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
An imposing residence showing the confidence of Grafton during the perod 1890 -1910.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with the Powell family and now Grafton TAFE.
SHR Criteria f)
It is one of several imposing weatherboard residence built at Grafton during this period.
Integrity/Intactness: Largely 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:

Added to Clarence Valley Draft LEP 2009 Schedule V


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Within a conservation area on an LEP  15 Jan 88   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
National Trust Country Register  National Trust of Australia (NSW)  No
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenG.Jahn1982Conservation Policies for the City of Grafton
WrittenGrafton City Council1985Grafton Heritage Study - Inventory item 6.12
WrittenShellshear, T0National Trust of Australia (NSW)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640133

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