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The Haven

Item details

Name of item: The Haven
Other name/s: The Haven
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 103 Cambridge Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
103 Cambridge StreetSouth GraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

While restored this house is significant as a representative example of a Federation cottage. It is well presented and contributes to the historic fabric of Cambridge Street.
Date significance updated: 22 Oct 07
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Physical description: Located on a large block with access from the rear is a weatherboard clad residence with steeply pitched iron roof with dormer window and chimney, with pots, intact. Bull-nosed verandah to the front with projecting front gable, with bay outline. Double hung windows to the front with coloured glass panes. Piers to the front with ashlar decoration. Picket fence to the street. Various wings to the side.
Interior not viewed but believed to contain original fireplace, high ceilings and polished flooring.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained and presented.
Date condition updated:01 Jun 07
Modifications and dates: This residence appears to have undergone major remodelling and the garden is new.
Further information: It would assist interpretation if an historical photograph of this residence could be found. (A picture of the house with new garden appeared in the Daily Examiner Real Estate section but the article is dated simply 27th April ?)
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The history of this residence is unknown. It has been noted as significant by the National Trust of NSW but is not on its register. The house was up for sale in the Daily Examiner 6/4/1996 (p19). The advertisement showed both exterior and interior of the house and noted its high ceilings, original fireplace and other Federation features. N. Child (2007) believes the house is sited on land purchased by James Atkins c1855. At one stage is was thought to have been a nursing home.

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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This residence contributes to the historic fabric of Cambridge street and is extremely well presented.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative of the Federation style dwelling built on the north coast of NSW.
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:

List as part of the Cambridge Street Group


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
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: 1640627

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