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Dwelling ("Dovedale")

Item details

Name of item: Dwelling ("Dovedale")
Other name/s: Dovedale
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 Breimba Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 Breimba StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The property is of historical importance as being one of the first home sites on the Clarence River bank (for many years the surrounding district was also called Dovedale) and one of the few retaining its original use. Its architectural evolution is also significant. It is a good example of growth through rebuilding, in which elements of the former structure are incorporated in the later structure, such as later walls being laid in the same positions as earlier walls and in some cases fixed to them. It is also associated with the Government Surveyor WAB Greaves.
Date significance updated: 12 Sep 05
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Builder/Maker: Austin, Joseph
Construction years: 1856-1862
Physical description: Located on the riverbank this house is difficult to view from Breimba street. Its present appearance dates mainly from 1906. It is a single storey building with walls of stucco over metal gauze, with stone patterned joints and paint finish to the side facing the river. Horizontal weatherboard cladding to the kitchen wing at rear. Gambrel iron roof with brick chimneys. Cedar French windows dating from 1862 and a number of other windows have been re-used in newer walls. Federation period details dating from 1906 (e.g. front door, plaster ceilings and cornices) are in good condition, as is the polished cedar joinery. Internal walls mostly lathe and plaster. The house has six rooms, and the present layout essentially follows that of the earlier building, although the central hall was partly demolished to enlarge the living room. Building Material: Stucco over metal gauze walls, stone patterned joints, weatherboard cladding, gambrel iron roof
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:12 Sep 05
Modifications and dates: DA 10.2001.274 for alterations and additions.
Current use: Private Residence
Former use: Private Residence


Historical notes: Land was purchased on 26/10/1856 by WAB Greaves the Government Surveyor. ( it encompassed the area now bounded by River, Pound, Clarence, and Oliver Streets) When Greaves moved into the house in 1857 it had a garden of 30 acres which included orange, grape vines and bananas. It was built by Joseph Austin. It was then completely rebuilt 1862. A 1862 drawing by Robert Perrott, Clerk of the Peace shows the rebuilt Dovedale.

In 1872 it was purchased by William Robertson of Lanark Lodge Station, Lawrence and he partly rebuilt the house. In 1882 it was purchased by Arnold Rothschild, who had come into money from tin mining near Ollera. He later became an alderman of Grafton City Council and was killed in a sulky accident in 1894. It was then tenanted by Mrs Hamilton Fisher who kept a boarding house

In 1906 it was bought and practically rebuilt by Cornelius Duggan and after his death it passed to Mary Jane McBride who subdivided the property into 5 house allotments. It then became the property of Mr and Mrs W. Scotton c1984 and subsequently Mr H & T Ada.

Dovedale's condition had deteriorated considerably until 2005 when it was extensively renovated and an new separated granny flat was added in a sympathetic style.

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)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Dovedale is of historical importance as being one of the first home sites on the Clarence River bank. It has been continually used as a residence since that time.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with the Government Surveyor, W.A.B Greaves.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building has architectural significance for its use of various building techniques including lathe and plaster internal walls, stucco over metal gauze external walls, stone patterned joints, and gambrel iron roof.
Integrity/Intactness: Modified, but retains original elements.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSchedule 1 23 Sep 88 1475033
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Local Environmental Plan I9323 Dec 11 2011-701 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Within a conservation area on an LEPGrafton Heritage Conservation AreaC323 Dec 11 2011-701 
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
WrittenAnon Clarence River Historical Society No 40
WrittenG Jahn1982Conservation Policies for the City of Grafton
WrittenGrafton City Council1985Grafton Heritage Study Item 6.16
WrittenKelly, M ; Shields-Brown, I0National Trust of Australia (NSW)

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640163

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