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Fretus Hotel Ruins

Item details

Name of item: Fretus Hotel Ruins
Other name/s: Fire Trail
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transient Accommodation
Category: Hotel
Primary address: McCallums Avenue (east end), Calabash Point, NSW
Local govt. area: Hornsby


Arcadia, map Cowan 9130-IV-N, 1:25,000 E250 N817 (ruin)
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
McCallums Avenue (east end)Calabash PointHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Prominently sited landmark of high visual appeal which also has historic importance as record of early attempt at tourism in area. Because it was abandoned early, the site has archaeological potential for studying deposits associated with leisure in the early 20th century
Date significance updated: 27 Oct 00
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Physical description: 12-room house approx. 19.5x14m overall, central passage12.4x1.9m, rear courtyard 6x3.7m. At S, 1-room toilet block, 4x4.6m . At N, terraced garden/orchard with stone steps down to water. At W, path and stone bridge of ?ornamental wa Material Exterior : Sandst. Rendered rubble. E facade & openings are ashlar. Material Interior : Rendered sandstone
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Extensive recognisable structure
Further information: Originally John Fretus' hotel at Sans Souci, removed & carried upriver by steamer. Commercial disaster, vandalised 1920s

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically associative locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as scientifically representative locally.
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:

This site should be conserved. An excavation permit should be obtained prior to disturbance.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHornsby Local Environmental Plan 2013A727 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Historical Archaeological Sites, Hornsby Heritage Study1993001Edward Higginbotham. Consultant Archaeological Services.A.C.Cremin & R.I.Jack No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1780001

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