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Item details

Name of item: House and Garden
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 17 Maher Street, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17 Maher StreetHurstvilleKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

17 Maher Street, Hurstville is significant at a Local level for its historic value and streetscape contribution. The place provides good quality evidence of residential development in its locality and the historical evolution of development within the Hillcrest Estate. It is a substantially intact brick and tile early Inter-War Period single storey dwelling located on a corner site. Displaying late Federation Bungalow stylistic influence, the place makes a positive contribution to the streetscape. Subdivision and development of adjacent townhouses has not overly impacted the setting of the place, maintaining its high contribution to the aesthetic quality of the Kogarah LGA.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 12
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Construction years: 1925-
Physical description: 17 Maher Street, Hurstville is a Federation Bungalow style single-storey brick and tile dwelling with lower-ground floor garage, all located on a sloping corner site. The glazed terra cotta tiled roof with exposed rafter ends at the eaves, has street facing gables which have tuck pointed brickwork, rendered plinths and gable ends with original fibre cement panels and timber battening. Original projecting entrance porch on Maher Street elevation has a flat roof supported on two brick piers and a solid balustrade with a rendered panel. Tessellated porch tiles appear to be original fabric. Street facing elevations have original timber framed window cases with casement sashes. There is an original brick fence along the front boundary.
Further information:
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: No. 17 Maher Street appears to have been built c.1925 for John Harvey, who lived in the house until at least 1932. It is an Inter-War overlay within the Hillcrest Estate and is representative of the consolidation of the early subdivision estates associated with suburban development in the district in the early twentieth century. The area on either side of Maher Street was originally subdivided as part of the Maher Estate. James Maher lived in a cottage called 'Millmount' on Woniora Road and in 1899 his land was subdivided into 10 allotments (Sands Directory 1898; Hurstville ZSP: H10/ 110, 217). This area was later subdivided again as part of the Hillcrest Estate (Kogarah LGA Annotated Map - Original Subdivisions). The Hillcrest Estate took its name from the late Victorian house of Henry E. Crane called 'Hillcrest', which was situated on the southern side of Woniora Road (Sands Directory 1898).

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 Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (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 a)
[Historical significance]
Together with contemporary dwellings in the locality, 17 Maher Street, Hurstville provides worthy evidence of the historical evolution of residential development within the Hillcrest Estate in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Displaying quality late Federation Bungalow stylistic influence, the substantially intact early Inter-War Period dwelling makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
Integrity/Intactness: Original fabric is substantially intact externally. Subdivision and development of adjacent townhouses has not overly impacted the setting of the place.
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:

Conserve original fabric and setting.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  23 May 03   
Local Environmental Plan I4525 Jan 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Kogarah Heritage Study Review - Stage 11999 Musecape, John Matthias, Lisa Murray  Yes
Kogarah Heritage Study 19941994 Tropman & Tropman  No
Kogarah Heritage Study Review 20112011 Truman, Zaniol & Associates Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Sands Directories 1885 to 1932
WrittenTropman & Tropman Architects1994Kogarah Heritage Study 1994

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1870076

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