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Item details

Name of item: Dwelling
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 78 Dobie Street, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
78 Dobie StreetGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This elegant Federation dwelling makes a significant contribution to Dobie street and the historic fabric of Grafton. It is architecturally significant with a projecting front gable featuring a bay window with fine joinery and star motif. It is historically significant showing growth in Grafton c1900.
Date significance updated: 21 Mar 08
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Physical description: Elegant federation dwelling with projecting gable to the front and side. The gable facing Dobie Street has a bay window with detailed joinery featuring a star motif. The window is very attractive and representative of the type found in the more substantial Grafton residences of the time. Hipped corrugated iron roof and bull-nose over the verandah with gable ventilation. Ventilation grill shows dentilation. Joinery to doors and windows appears original. Unpainted brick chimney with pots intact. Picket fence.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:19 Sep 07
Modifications and dates: 2006 - restored with replacement of iron roof.
Current use: Private Residence
Former use: Private Residence


Historical notes: The early history of this dwelling is unknown but sewer plans dated 1940 show Mr G.F. Biddle as the owner. At that time the street address was 66 Dobie Street. Subsequent owners have included Mrs J. Payne, B. Pearce, and L. De Lange. Further work on the early history of this building is warranted.

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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This elegant federation dwelling makes a significant contribution to Dobie street and the historic fabric of Grafton. It is architecturally significant with a projecting front gable featuring a bay window with fine joinery and star motiff.
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:

Conserve the exterior particularly the bay window


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Local Environmental Plan I53623 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: 1640772

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