Strathnoon | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

Culture and heritage



Item details

Name of item: Strathnoon
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 31 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga, NSW 2077
Local govt. area: Hornsby
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
31 Pacific HighwayWahroongaHornsby  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Grand Federation period house designed by architect George Oakshott as his own home. Of interest for complex roof and extensive verandahs. Though much altered the basic form of the building is still recognisable and many of the alterations are reversible. Much of the interior is original. Local historical interest for its association with Oakshott.
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Designer/Maker: George Oakshott
Physical description: Large Federation house now part of a nursing home. Complex plan. Complex hipped terracotta tile roof. Roughcast chimneys with terracotta pots. Exposed rafter eaves. Ventilated gablets. Roof broken-back over verandah on several sides of building. Sandstone arched entry. Double-hung windows. Attic level with dormers. Many original interior features.


Historical notes: Built in 1906-7 by George Oakshott architect as his own home. As far as is known this was the only private house he designed. He was for many years Commonwealth Works Director for NSW. In 1923 the house and property were sold to Edward Loxton.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (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)-

Recommended management:


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanHornsby Local Environmental Plan 201376627 Sep 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hornsby Shire Heritage Study1993 Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdVM No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1780322

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