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McKittrick House

Item details

Name of item: McKittrick House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 47 Through Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460
Parish: Southampton
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
47 Through StreetSouth GraftonClarence ValleySouthamptonClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This fine example of a Federation home is historically significant showing city style in a rural location. It demonstrates the growth and prosperity of South Grafton at this time and is significant for its association with both the Reid and McKittrick families, through the marriage of Ruby Reid and Edgar McKittrick. It is an excellent representative example of its type and is in almost original condition. It contributes to the historic Through Street landscape.
Date significance updated: 05 Jun 07
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Physical description: Raised above flood levels this single storey timber framed fibro clad residence with a projecting gable to the front has verandahs to the front and side. The cladding is held in place with decorative timber battens, originally painted in a contrasting colour to the house.
Hipped terracotta tiled roof which extends over the front verandah. Decorative ridge capping and finals still remain. verandah poles plain but below the verandah board is decorative joinery with dentilled eaves. Below the verandah rail is infilled with fibro board. Steps are bordered by two pillars topped with lions. A tessellated tile path leads from the gate to the steps. A tall rough cast rendered and detailed chimney still stands to the rear.
Casement windows with coloured panes are a feature of the house which is high set on high red brick footings. Plain sunshades cover the windows.
New picket fence with cast iron post protectors still sitting either side of the front gate.
Interior not viewed in this study.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Beautifully presented.
Date condition updated:09 May 07
Modifications and dates: Fibros cement has been replaced below the verandah rail without the original detailing. The fence has been replaced with pickets. It was originally a woven wire fence.
Further information: It is very similar in style to The Rosary in Bacon Street Grafton and contains many original elements including the decorative metal post protectors. An early photograph of the house without an established garden is held by the CVHS and is copied in this data base (see images).
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Drainage Plans held by Council show that the house was owned by Ruby McKittrick 27/8/1943. It is believed to have been built for Ruby Reid possibly when she married Edgar McKittrick in 1915. In 1943 its was referred to as 11 Through Street. By 1986 it was owned by the estate of E.J. & A.J. Whythycombe who sold to Yong & Nancy McLaren- Punn. The McLaren-Punn's sold to S.L. Law in 1995 and that year they added a double garage, rear deck and above ground pool to the property. It sold again in 2002 to Sharon Lyons and in 2004 it sold again to Robert and Julia Nield. (Source CVC BA Files)

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 fine example of a Federation home is historically significant showing city style in a rural location. It demonstrates the growth and prosperity of South Grafton at this time.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is significant for its association with the McKittrick family of South Grafton.
SHR Criteria f)
This house demonstarates the early use of fibro in domestic architecture.
SHR Criteria g)
A very good example of a more elaborate Federation residence showing the early use of terrracotta tiles.
Integrity/Intactness: 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:

Conserve exterior


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   
Within a conservation area on an LEP  15 Jan 88   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

References, internet links & images


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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640406

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