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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 157 Villiers Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
157 Villiers StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This 1920s residence is aesthetically pleasing and makes a contribution to the Villier's streetscape which has many restored homes. It representative of the Federation styled homes built at this time and is associated with the local architect F. Schaeffer and the well known Strauss brothers who were builders.
Date significance updated: 02 Jan 08
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Designer/Maker: F.Schaeffer
Builder/Maker: Strauss brothers
Physical description: An extremely attractive Federation style single storey weatherboard with bullnosed verandah and wrought iron lace work. Turned verandah poles. Original doors and door furniture, fire place and an old combustion stove has been left in the kitchen. While not inspected during this study the interior is reported to be lined with vertical boards and the floors hardwood. Fan light windows are still in place above internal doors. The house is separated from the street by a picket fence. The garden contains mature plantings.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:28 Jun 05
Modifications and dates: New roof and bull-nosed over verandah. Kitchen and bathrooms modernised.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: According to the Daily Examiner 20/5/2005 (p16) this house was built in 1920 and designed by F. Schaeffer. The builders were the Strauss brothers Charles and John. However little documented history is known about the property. Sewer plans dated 1952 show the owner as Ernest A. Wicks and tenant as Miss L. Bettridge. During the 1980 and 1990s it changed hands frequently.

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 attractive cottage is historically significant illustrating growth in Grafton c1920.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with the work of Grafton architect F. Schaeffer and the Strauss brothers who were well known builders.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This federation style cottage with its picket fence it makes a significant contribution to the historic character of this section of Villiers street.
SHR Criteria g)
A good representative example of a Federation styled house in the Grafton area.
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:

This federation style cottage with its picket fence it makes a significant contribution to the historic character of this section of Villiers street.


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   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnon2005Classic Grafton Residence

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640137

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