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House and Former Shop

Item details

Name of item: House and Former Shop
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 66 George Road, Wilberforce, NSW 2756
Parish: Wilberforce
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Hawkesbury
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66 George RoadWilberforceHawkesburyWilberforceCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

66 George Road, Wilberforce is a good intact example of an early twentieth century residence. The attached shop gives added interest as a rare surviving example of a small store.
Date significance updated: 10 Jun 02
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Construction years: 1910-
Physical description: The house and former shop at 66 George Road, Wilberforce comprises a hipped and gabled roof house of the Federation period facing northwest to George Road, with a gabled shop on the southwest side, also facing George Road. The building is located on a large block, indicative of the early subdivision patterns of Wilberforce. A picket fence with pointed tops runs on the George Road boundary, stopping at the verandah of the former shop.

The house has a gable on the left side of the George Road elevation and a verandah across the right side. The roof is of corrugated steel and the walls are clad with splayed weatherboards. The verandah features turned timber posts, fretwork brackets and a valance frieze.

The windows are 2 over 2 pane double hung sashes and the front door is multi-panelled. Skillion hoods shade the windows.

One chimney survives on the northeast side of the house, but has been shortened. A water tank on a timber stand is on the northeast side of the house. Another water tank is located behind the shop.

The shop addition appears to date from the 1920s. It is a simple gabled wing with a low pitched corrugated steel roof and a skillion verandah across the gabled street front supported on timber posts. The doors are ledged and sheeted and the walls are of battened fibro.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
House - reasonable condition; Shop - poor condition
Date condition updated:10 Jun 02
Current use: House


Historical notes: There is a building shown on the August 1894 survey of Wilberforce, plus a school to the east. However, the present building on the site appears to date from the 1910s.

The land was auctioned by the Crown at Windsor 20 January 1897 and bought by William Richard Blackman, gentleman of Mudgee for 6 pounds. It stayed in his hands until his death and passed to his widow Mary in March 1907. She transferred it to Ralph Turnbull, farmer of Wilberforce, who then transferred it to Walter George Case, farmer of Wilberforce in June 1911, who held it to his death about 1949.

On stylistic grounds, the house was probably built by Blackman. The shop was probably added by Case. More research is needed to confirm this.

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]
66 George Road, Wilberforce is a good intact example of an early twentieth century residence. The attached shop gives added interest as a rare survivin example of a small local store.
SHR Criteria f)
66 George Road, wilberfoce is an unusual surviving example of a small early twentieth century shop attached to a house.
SHR Criteria g)
66 George Road, Wilberforce is a typical example of an early twentieth century weatherboard residence.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHawkesbury LEP 2012I38021 Sep 12   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hawkesbury Heritage Review2001380Hubert Architects, Heritage Futures and Terry Kass in AssociationPH/TK Yes
Heritage Study of the Shire of Hawkesbury1987390Lester Tropman & Associates, Helen Proudfoot & Meredith Walker  No
Heritage Study of the North Western Sector of Sydney1984H/WL-28Howard Tanner & Associates in association with Max Kelly and Elizabeth Vines  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  CT 1240 F221
WrittenBowd, Doublas Gordon1969Macquarie Country

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1740076

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