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Dwelling ("Dunnville")

Item details

Name of item: Dwelling ("Dunnville")
Other name/s: Dunnville
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 33 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
33 Fitzroy StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A weatherboard clad Federation residence with rare second storey within the roof space. It is historically significant for its presumed association with master builders George Wunderlich and sons and demonstrates development in Grafton at the turn of the century. Now located on the main entry route to Grafton it makes a significant contribution to the Grafton Urban Conservation Area.
Date significance updated: 21 May 08
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Builder/Maker: Attributed to George Wunderlich &Sons
Physical description: Located on the main entry road into Grafton City this is a single storey cottage with timber framed walls, clad with weatherboards, and steeply pitched roof clad with corrugated galvanized short sheet iron. According to Jahn (1982) the side verandah was a 1920s addition and the balustrades are renewed but imitate the original. Bullnosed verandah extends across the front of the dwelling. Steps flanked by rendered piers. Interior not viewed but it is believed the house contains a timber staircase to the roof cavity. (pers. comm. G. Reid 2007)

Set back from the footpath on a large block. No historically significant garden.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Weatherboards in good condition. Maintenance only fair for example new guttering is required.
Date condition updated:21 May 08
Modifications and dates: 1920 side verandah
Further information: Jahn (1982) suggests that the exterior of this building be conserved.
Current use: Private Residence
Former use: Private Residence


Historical notes: The early history of this dwelling has not been researched but it has been attributed to Wunderlich and Sons. Sewer plans dated September 1934 show a Mr H.F. Castle of 118 Marian Street, Leichardt as the owner. At that time the street address was 29 Fitzroy Street. It appears to have been in the hands of the Castle family until 1979 when Mrs C.B. Castle sold the property. It is now in the hands of H. & M. Singh.

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 cottage is historically significant indicating development in Grafton at the turn of the century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is thought to be associated with master builders George Wunderlich and Sons.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Located on the entry road to Grafton it makes an aesthetic contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The second storey attic element is rare in Grafton.
SHR Criteria g)
It is representative of its type.
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:

Listed on CVLEP 2011.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Local Environmental Plan I57323 Dec 11 2011-701 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  15 Jan 88   
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
Grafton Community Heritage Study2004 J. Gardiner  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640596

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