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Harmony Farm

Item details

Name of item: Harmony Farm
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Farming and Grazing
Category: Homestead Complex
Primary address: 108 Pitt Town Ferry Road, Wilberforce, NSW 2756
Parish: Wilberforce
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Hawkesbury
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
108 Pitt Town Ferry RoadWilberforceHawkesburyWilberforceCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Harmony Farm is a highly significant early farm group retaining its early farmhouse, slab barn and corn shed, all arranged at the high land close to Pitt Town Ferry Road. The retention of early vernacular farm buildings with the farmhouse is unusual. The survival in this case of the corn shed is even rarer and gives this group particular importance.

Harmony Farm is indicative of the tendency for early settlers to build on the higher levels where they had some protection from the regular flooding of the Hawkesbury.
Date significance updated: 17 Jun 02
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Description

Physical description: Harmony Farm is a group of farm buildings, the largest being the house facing Pitt Town Ferry Road. A slab barn is located to the east of the house and a corn shed is located further east. Behind the house are twentieth century stables.

The house paddock is contained by a timber post and rail fence with an early round topped picket pedestrian gate. Numerous palms, dating from the twentieth century are planted in the house paddock.

Farmhouse
The farmhouse is a single storey early Victorian Georgian building facing north to Pitt Town Ferry Road. The house has a medium pitched hipped roof, extended on the north side over the front verandah. A broad skillion is at the rear of the house and there is a rear gabled roofed kitchen block.

The house is clad with weatherboards, using beaded weatherboards to the front and rusticated weatherboards to the sides and rear. The roof is of corrugated steel. Stop chamfered timber posts support the verandah. A brick chimney is at the west end of the house.

The house has 6 over 6 pane double hung windows, all with panelled shutters. There are two doors in the front elevation, neigher with the original door leaf.

Slab Barn
The slab barn at harmony Farm is a single story barn of vertical adzed slabs. Weatherboard cladding to the gable ends and at high level on the sides of the shed suggests it may have been increased in height. The roof is on a north-south axis. The doors on the west side are ledged and sheeted. A skillion on the south side is clad in metal.

Corn Shed
The corn shed is a rare example of this type of vernacular structure, located on the boundary of the property with Pitt Town Ferry Road. The shed is built of small saplings lapped at the corners. Larger logs used as posts on the sides help strengthen the structure. The gabled roof is on an east-west axis and is clad with Redcliff corrugated steel. The saplings have been sawn by hand where necessary to form joints. The joints are fixed with hand made nails. The floor is of saplings. On the west side is a door opening where the original gudgeons survive.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Condition: reasonable
Archaeological Potential: high
Date condition updated:17 Jun 02
Current use: Farm group
Former use: Farm group

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture (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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Harmony Farm is a highly significant early farm group retaining its early farmhouse, slab barn and corn shed, all arranged at the high land close to Pitt Town Ferry Road.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The retention of the early vernacular farm buildings with the farmhouse is unusual. The survival in this case of the corn shed is even rarer and gives this group particular importance.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Harmony Farm is indicative of the tendency for early settlers to build on the higher levels where they had some protection from the regular flooding of the Hawkesbury.

The group includes intact early to late nineteenth century farm buildings, including homestead, slab barn and corn shed.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHawkesbury Local Environmental Plan 2012I38821 Sep 12   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hawkesbury Heritage Review2001388Hubert Architects, Heritage Futures and Terry Kass in AssociationPH/TK Yes
Heritage Study of the Shire of Hawkesbury1987402Lester Tropman & Associates, Helen Proudfoot & Meredith Walker  No
Heritage Study of the North Western Sector of Sydney1984H/WL-8Howard Tanner & Associates in association with Max Kelly and Elizabeth Vines  No

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: 1740082


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