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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 42 Ridge Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
42 Ridge StreetSouth GraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This quality Federation cottage is historically significant indicating growth in South Grafton at the turn of the 19th Century. The design is most unusual with a symmetrical front with two bay windows. This is matched by a complex corrugated iron roof with multiple hips over the bay windows on the verandah. A deep verandah valance is decorated with framed timber panels. The roof is supported by plain timber post with associated delicate iron work which makes a series of arches across the front verandah. It can be compared with an other similar cottage which has been located at 1 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby. It is associated with Sarah Hattersley.
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Physical description: A most unusual single storey weatherboard cottage with two bay windows on either side of the front door. The short sheet corrugated iron roof is hipped with a small gablet for ventilation and it then extends over the two window in a series of complex hips. This has resulted in a deep verandah valance which has been infilled with framed timber panels. Below the verandah board is delicate iron work (see image) and below this there were lattice screens for privacy. Only one original screen is in place on the end of the verandah. The verandah is supported by plain timber posts and the iron work has been created to form a series of arches. Underneath the house is bricked in and steps led up to the front door. They are flanked by piers topped with rendered decorative bulb-like shapes. Joinery to the front is original and includes two French doors and main door with glass side lights. The decorative glass contains a flannel flower pattern. Photographs show the interior is lined with Wunderlick pressed metal walls and ceilings. The unpainted brick chimney is in tact. No historically significant garden. Modern metal fence. The block covers 674.5sq meters.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:05 Jun 07
Modifications and dates: One side window is original and contains 4 paned glass. A second window to the back appears to have been replaced with aluminium (see image)
1983 addition shed/carport at rear.
Further information: This cottage would respond well to careful restoration. Reinstatement of lattice to the front verandah and painting would immediately enhance this unique cottage.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: This house was built for Sarah Hattersley by her husband c1910 and drainage plans dated 20/6/1940 show she was still the owner 30 years later. Her husband had built a similar house in Mullumbimby (pers. comm. Glen Reid 2007) and a similar house appears in the recent Byron Bay Heritage Study (2007) at 1 Stanley Street. In 1979 it was acquired by Dorothy Whittaker, 1981 R. Munro & S. Benson, 1983 P.G. Wright and 1999 P.J. Cooper.

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 quality Federation cottage is historically significant indicating growth in South Grafton at the turn of the 19th Century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with Sarah Hattersley and her family.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The design of this Federation house is most unusual with is double bay frontage and associated curved verandah exhibition delicated iron work which makes a series of arches across the front verandah.
SHR Criteria f)
The design of this Federation house is most unusual and only one other similar design has been located in Northern NSW.
Integrity/Intactness: Largely in original condition
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:

This cottage would respond well to restoration which should be guided by a Conservation Management Plan.


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: 1640643

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