Coorela | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Coorela
Other name/s: Coorela, Doncaster's Store
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 124-126 Cambridge Street, South Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
124-126 Cambridge StreetSouth GraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This quality Federation residence is architecturally significant for its gabled front, pressed metal decoration and symmetrical bay windows to the front verandah. The design is unusual and the adjacent former shop provides interest. The residence is thought to be historically significant for its association with medical services and the private hospital known as "Coorela" while the store is significant for its association with commercial activities outside the main shopping precinct of South Grafton.
Date significance updated: 14 May 08
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Physical description: Residence : A most attractive quality built weatherboard clad Federation residence with complicated roof containing three decorative gables to the front and bull-nosed verandah. Beneath the verandah board is filigree iron work and also on the balustrade. verandah posts are turned. Two bay windows flank the front door. Gables are decorated with pressed metal. The residence is currently situated within a well maintained cottage garden.

Small shop: To the left of the house abutting the footpath is a separate weatherboard clad building which would have been a shop. It contains an original high waisted door set back from the front wall with wooden entry stairs. The front window has been altered and verandah roof removed. A flat parapet extends above the iron roof and is decorated with a small peak.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well presented
Date condition updated:03 Sep 07
Modifications and dates: Residence restored.
1975 A photograph of the shop at this time shows it had a skillion verandah extending across the front of the shop and over the footpath. This has since been removed. The front window has been replaced.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence/Shop


Historical notes: This property is worthy of further historical research. The main house is believed to have been built as a private hospital known by various names as "Coorela", "Coreelea" and /or "Coreelgra". A nurse Orman was believed to have been running the hospital in 1912 and was farewelled from the district on 3/6/1922 according to the Daily Examiner.

At some stage a store was built to the front of the property possibly the 1920s. Council files dated 1975 contain a photograph of the store which was then a saddler's. The building was owned by Mr B.C.Carthew. At one stage the store associated with the house was locally known as Doncaster's store and was still in use in 1985. It is interesting to note that council files show a two storey fibro clad building directly opposite this store in 1975. It was described as a general store which sold petrol and was owned by Mr H.C.Thompson making this section of Cambridge Street a small commercial centre.

In 2004 the property had new owners and the store was closed.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
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 quality weatherboard Federation residence is historically significant showing development in South Grafton c1900. It is likely to be historically significant for its association with medical services and the former small store at the front shows the development of commercial premises outside the main shopping precinct.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The residence may also be significant for its association with the maternity hospital known as Correla.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This residence is architectually significant for its gabled front, pressed metal decoration and symmetrical bay windows to the verandah. The adjacent former shop provides interest.
SHR Criteria f)
This house is not of a stand design and suggests that it was owned by a professional or businessman.
SHR Criteria g)
The shop is representative of the small weatherboard "corner stores" which developed outside the main business areas.
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:

Conserve exterior and undertake further historical research.


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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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1640731

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