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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 13 Mary Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Corner Fitzroy StreetGraftonClarence Valley   
13 Mary StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Located on a prominent corner site this well maintained weatherboard clad Federation residence has architectural significance. Many decorative external elements, including the window moulds and chimney, are still intact. Historically it shows growth and development in Grafton at the turn of the century and it makes a significant contribution to the historic fabric of the Grafton Urban Conservation Area.
Date significance updated: 11 Jul 08
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Physical description: Large Federation weatherboard house with central projecting gable with decorative timberwork under the gable and around the two narrow front windows. Rendered chimney intact with salt glazed terracotta pots. Iron roof with bull-nose over the verandah. Original timber posts with mouldings and iron frieze below the verandah rail. Moulded barge board and iron work trim. Original joinery to doors and windows. Picket fence.

Significant street tree (biblical fig) planted on the verge in Mary Street, should be conserved as part of this listing.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:12 Apr 07
Modifications and dates: Major renovations and extensions in 1991 and 2003.
Further information: This residence is significant architecturally as several external elements are still intact. Earlier studies suggested that a mature rubber tree formed part of this listing. Jahn (1982,315 ) considers this building contributes to the townscape.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The early history of this house is not known but drainage plans dated 17/6/1936 shows the owner as K. Johnson. By 1976 the owners were J. & J. Russell followed by Dr David Hewson. Files dated 14/5/1991 suggest that the house was constructed between 1890 -1900.

In 1991 owners J.& E. Meehan applied for a DA to extend the family room which involved demolishing a rear wall and verandah. Where possible the exterior weatherboards were to be salvaged and reused. P. Segal owned the dwelling in 1995 and in 2003 new owners S. & A. Herbert applied for a DA to further extend along Fitzroy street.

Quality features suggest this residence was built for a businessman or professional and the property would benefit from further historical research.

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 showing the variety of building styles being constructed in Grafton at the turn of the century. It is likely to have been associated with a business person or professional.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This dwelling is architectually significant as it has retained many decorative Federation features.
SHR Criteria g)
A good representative example of a Federation home.
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:

Conserve exterior of this residence which has been identified in several heritage studies.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Local Environmental PlanSchedule 1 23 Sep 88 1475033
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

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenGrafton City Council1985Grafton Heritage Study Inventory Item 3.19

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640571

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