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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 34 Victoria Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
34 Victoria StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This dwelling is significant as a well presented quality rendered brick Federation home thought to be associated with the local architect F.W.C. Schaeffer. It tells of the growth of Grafton c1900 and is set within a cottage garden. It makes a significant contribution to the historic fabric of Victoria Street. It is representative of its type.
Date significance updated: 16 Jun 08
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Designer/Maker: F.W.C.Schaffer
Physical description: Federation style single storey rendered brick residence. Steeply pitched iron roof with bull-nosed iron over the verandah. Projecting gable to the front with ashlar work and a pair of narrow windows. French doors to the verandah and original front door with side lights. Chimney intact. Steps to the front flanked by piers with ashlar work. Attractive cottage garden with widows gate covered with banksia rose. Picket fence to front.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:11 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: 1985 building permit to reposition garage and change windows to verandah. This may have been the time of a side addition in fibro. Also additions to rear.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The early history of this dwelling is not known. Sewer plans dated 1932 show the owner as Mrs B. Harris. On the plans its address was 32 Victoria Street. It remained in her hands until 1978 when it was owned by F.R & H.A. Sherriff. Files show it become into the hands of R.C & J.E. Thompson in 1988.

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 dwelling is historically significant telling the growth of Grafton c1900.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is thought to be associated with the local architect F.W. Schaeffer.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative of a quality Federation residence.
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:

The exterior of this Federation residence 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  15 Jan 88   
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640566

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