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Yarra-mundi

Item details

Name of item: Yarra-mundi
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 75 Queens Road, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Local govt. area: Hurstville
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
75 Queens RoadHurstvilleHurstville  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Constructed 1897 "Yarra-Mundi" is of local significance as a late Victorian period residence demonstrating the development in Hurstville at the time and as a prominent element at the corner of Park and Queens Roads. It has high aesthetic value and streetscape quality with its highly decorated and ornate rendered brick construction, stucco quoins, various planes of slate roof, two projecting bays with gables featuring circular roof ventilators, and decorative timber bargeboards and finials. A striped bullnosed corrugated iron veranda supoorted on cast-iron columns extends across the Queens Road façade and around the side of the house to the second projecting bay. It is supported by cast iron columns features dentils above a plain architrave. The house has a triple window at the front, which is very similar to those on "Rostrov" at Penshurst, an earlier John Sproule house. Its mature trees and landscape setting obscure the house but add to its streetscape contribution.
Date significance updated: 24 Apr 14
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Description

Physical description: Originally a single-storey, rendered brick Victorian style house with stone quoins imitated and a slate roof, two projecting bays are roofed with gables featuring circular roof ventilators, and decorative timber bargeboards and finials. A dichromatic bullnosed corrugated iron verandah extends across the Queens Road façade and around the side of the house to the second projecting bay. The roof is supported by cast iron columns features dentils above a plain architrave. Below the eaves are eaves brackets arranged in pairs, with panels between these brackets. Sash windows under the verandah feature moulded sills, architrave, and string course. The Avenue façade features undecorated sash windows and has a small fibro extension. A second storey has been added with eyelid dormers and a raised flat roof over the back portion of the house.

The triple window at the front is very similar to those on "Rostrov" at Penshurst, an earlier John Sproule house. Two of the main doors have the original ruby etched glass. Both have brass door knockers and one has glass panels etched with birds and leaf fronds. One lounge room had a black marble fireplace with imported paisley tiles. In the other was a marble fireplace with unusual imported picture tiles of Scottish ruins. In the dining room, to match the rare hand carved doorplates, was a small fireplace surround of magnificently carved woodwork with a small attached display cabinet. A window seat extended along one wall.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Intact, good presentation, property has been subdivided on Queens Road.
Date condition updated:10 Sep 12
Current use: Health Centre
Former use: Residential

History

Historical notes: Ann Elizabeth Sproule, the wife of John Sproule, purchased Lots 167, 168 and 169 at the corner of The Avenue and Queens Road (then called Station Street) from Isaac and William Winn of Newcastle on 22nd April, 1895. 'Yarra-mundi' was built in 1897 by John Sproule and he lived in the house from 1897 and 1904.

It was sold to Thomas Carter, a company manager of Hurstville on 23rd June, 1904 and the Carter family lived in the house until it was sold in 1925 to a group of men consisting of John Hillman Hornbrook, medical practitioner; Edward Elliot, chemical engineer; Dixon Hudson, Clerk in Holy Orders, and George Edward Ogden, retired, all of Hurstville. At first, William Morgan was resident in the house, and then from 1927 the Reverend Dixon Hudson of St. George’s Church of England made it the Rectory.

On 30th June, 1938, George Martin, a builder from Mortdale, purchased the house, and it was the property of the Martin family until 1981.

A proposal to demolish the house and re-develop the site was opposed by the Hurstville Historical Society, and an Interim Conservation Order of the Heritage Council of N.S.W. saved the house from destruction. It went into the care of Danebank school before being used by the Cardiac Health Institute.

Land Titles Office: D.P. 1595 Lots 167, 168, part 169 ; Torrens Title: Vol.760 Fol.161, Vol.854 Fols.96 and 97, Vol.1162 Fol.10, Vol.3791 Fol.37.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Constructed 1897 "Yarra-Mundi" is of local significance as a late Victorian period residence demonstrating the development in Hurstville at the time and as a prominent element at the corner of Park and Queens Roads.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Research to date does not indicate any historical association with a person or groups that are important to the historical development of the area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
"Yarra-Mundi" has high aesthetic value and streetscape quality with its highly decorated and ornate rendered brick construction, stucco quoins, various planes of slate roof, two projecting bays with gables featuring circular roof ventilators, and decorative timber bargeboards and finials. A striped bullnosed corrugated iron veranda supPorted on cast-iron columns extends across the Queens Road façade and around the side of the house to the second projecting bay. It is supported by cast iron columns features dentils above a plain architrave. The house has a triple window at the front, whichis very similar to those on "Rostrov" at Penshurst, an earlier John Sproule house.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Social significance of "Yarra-Mundi" requires a more detailed study to ascertain their value for the local community. However, it could be anticipated that its Victorian style would provide a historical connection to the local community and the visitors of the Health Centre.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The House has high potential to provide information on the construction techniques of the Victorian style houses of its type.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Victorian style residences are generally rare in Hurstville LGA.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
"Yarra-Mundi" is representative example of the Victorian period houses in the area.
Integrity/Intactness: Relatively intact externally
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:

The house should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. Archival and photographic recording, in accordance with Heritage Council guidelines, should be undertaken before major changes

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I7907 Dec 12   
Local Environmental Plan I4104 Apr 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hurstville Community Based Heritage Study Review2012 City Plan HeritageKerime Danis Yes

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: 1810107


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