Mintara | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Mintara
Other name/s: Mintara
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 57 Villiers Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


Corner of Villiers & Bacon Streets. The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
57 Villiers StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This is a beautifully represented Federation style residence and is a good representative example of its type. Architecturally it is significant being designed by the local architect F.W. Schaeffer. It is associated with the Weiley family who built and owned Weileys Hotel. Located near the corner of Villiers Street it makes a significant aesthetic contribution to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 03 Apr 08
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Designer/Maker: F.W.C Schaeffer
Physical description: A beautifully presented Federation residence, weatherboard with steep (60 degrees) hipped iron roof and bullnosed verandah. Projecting gable to the front with good timber work finials and decoration under the gable. A pair of windows under the gable contain multiple panes of coloured glass. Slender timber poles to the verandah and decorative timber frieze and iron work. Curved tubular metal fence. Cottage garden. Lean to addition at the rear. Joinery appears original.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:11 Sep 05
Modifications and dates: Fence has been changed possibly several times.
Further information: substantially intact
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: According to W. Dougherty (2007) this cottage was built for W.J. Weiley in 1907 - 08 to house his family after his Market Hotel burnt down. Weiley then built a new hotel which is now know as Weiley's hotel. Family members apparently still hold the original plans for this house drawn by F.C.Schaeffer. The cottage was then owned for 40 to 50 years by Mrs Davis and her daughter Penny.

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)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This residence is historically signficant demonstrating growth in Grafton in the Federation period.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with both W.J. Weiley and the local architect Schaeffer.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This well maintained and presented cottage makes a significant contribution to Villiers Street.
SHR Criteria g)
It is representative of its type
Integrity/Intactness: Largley 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 well maintained cottage, located on a prominent corner, makes a substantial contribution to the Villiers streetscape and its exterior should be conserved.


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
WrittenG.Jahn1982Conservation Policies for the City of Grafton

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640422

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