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Item details

Name of item: Dwelling
Other name/s: Karrah
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 39-41 Bowtell Avenue, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
39-41 Bowtell AvenueGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This Federation style residence is one of several which contributes to the appearance of the historic Bowtell streetscape a streetscape characterised by dwellings located at the rear of long blocks with large expanses of lawn or garden to the street. Dwellings, in Bowtell Street, face Alumny Creek and range in age from the 1900's to the inter-war period. This quality rendered brick residence may be historically significant for its association with Mayor See (this needs to be verified).
Date significance updated: 31 Jan 08
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Physical description: A substantial Federation dwelling with gambrelled corrugated iron roof. Skillion over the front and side verandahs. Difficult to view from the street as the dwelling is set well back with a tennis court to the street frontage. Dwellings on this side of Bowtell Avenue are all set well back as Bowtell Avenue runs along Alumny creek. Gable to the north decorated with ashlar work. Filigree iron work under the verandah board with turned timber verandah posts with drip moulds supporting the roof. Original joinery including the front door which has side lights. Interior not viewed but believed to contain formal lounge and dining rooms. Chimneys intact. Garages/carports adjacent to the house.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Excellent condition.
Date condition updated:15 Oct 07
Modifications and dates: 1998 carport and guest accommodation
2007 outdoor room
Current use: Private Residence
Former use: Private Residence


Historical notes: N. Child (2007) believes this was one of the residence of Mr S. See, Mayor of Grafton, between 1883 -1890, 1900 -1903 and 1911 (this needs to be confirmed). Sewage plans dated 13/5/1937 show the owner as Mr H.G. Greenaway. W. Dougherty (2007) recalls that at the time the Greenaways lived there were no other houses in this section of Bowtell Avenue. In 1937 Bowtell Street was known as Little Mary Street and the street address for this house was 29.

By 1987 the owners were PW & PM Law and an inground swimming pool was installed. The dwelling was then owned by Dr Cayzier. Council building files show the approval of a carport with guest accommodation in 1993 and the addition of an outdoor room in 2007.

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)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This residence shows subdivision of this area c1900 and development in Grafton at that time.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This residence is thought to be associated with Mayor See.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This residence is one of several which contributes to the appearance of the historic Bowtell streetscape a landscape characterised by dwellings located at the rear of the block with large expanses of lawn or garden to the street. Dwelling range in age from the 1900 to the inter-war period.
SHR Criteria g)
It is representative of the more substantial residences built in Grafton c1900.
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:

Bowtell Avenue from Fry to Powell street is a particularly attractive streetscape with a variety of housing types all located away from Alumny creek, with large lawns extending to the roadway. This residence was also noted by Jahn (1985) as contributing to the historic fabric of Grafton.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  10 Jun 11 2011-272 
Local Environmental Plan I50623 Dec 11 2011-701 
Within a conservation area on an LEP  10 Jun 11   
Within a conservation area on an LEPGrafton Heritage Conservation AreaC323 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: 1640809

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