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Item details

Name of item: Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 104 Cambridge Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


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

Statement of significance:

This is a good representative example of a quality Federation cottage with arched front windows, imitation brick work to the front walls and much decorative filigree iron work to the front verandah. It is believed to be the first house built on South Hill. The exterior of this cottage makes a significant contribution to Cambridge Street.
Date significance updated: 24 Apr 08
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Builder/Maker: Mr W.Schaeffer?
Physical description: Weatherboard clad cottage with projecting gable to the front, indicating a Federation style. Three original arch shaped double windows with coloured sidelights grace the front of the cottage and are a significant feature. The verandah has a balustrade of filigree iron are there is iron under the verandah board. verandah posts are chamfered. The front walls have been worked to imitate brick work. Corrugated iron pitched roof with bull-nose over the front verandah. No historically significant garden to the front but mature trees at the rear.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained
Date condition updated:01 Jun 07
Modifications and dates: Brick steps are a more recent addition.
Further information: The exterior of this cottage contributes to Cambridge Street.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Worthy of further historical research. CV HS House files contain an undated paper clipping claiming that this was the first house built on the land known as South Hill, South Grafton. The article said it had been owned by the Scott family for almost a century. The cottage is located on property bought as Crown land by James Atkins on April 10,1855. At that time the property was 136hectares. The date the cottage was built is not known.

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 on South Hill, South Grafton c1890s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This quality dwelling makes a significant contribution to the historic fabric of Cambridge Street.
SHR Criteria g)
This is a good representative example of a quality Federation cottage with arched front windows, and imitation brick work to the front walls.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior is 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:

Also 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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640639

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