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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: 35 Maher Street, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
35 Maher StreetHurstvilleKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

35 Maher Street, Penshurst is significant at a Local level for its aesthetic qualities, contribution to the streetscape and historic value. 35 Maher Street is a modest single- storey substantially intact brick and slate late Federation Period cottage notable for its picturesque front façade comprising a projecting bay of casement windows, and ‘L’ shaped verandah with fine timber detailing. Setting somewhat compromised by adjacent child care centre, but the place makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, and provides evidence of the development of the Hillcrest Extension Estate.
Date significance updated: 08 Mar 12
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Construction years: 1920-
Physical description: 35 Maher Street is a substantially intact, single-storey, brick and slate early Inter-War cottage located on a level block. The place has a medium-pitched original slate hipped roof with terra cotta tile hip and ridge capping, gablets and exposed rafters at the eaves. Displaying asymmetrical massing, the street facing façade has original face brick with contrasting brick trim, rendered base course, and a main roof which extends over an "L" shaped verandah and bay window. The verandah is notable for its highly intact decorative timber detailing including paired stop chamfered timber posts set on brick balustrade, shaped timber brackets and frieze comprised of bottom rail and flat timber balusters of varying widths. The verandah floor is tiled with original tessellated tiles, while the front steps have original ceramic tiled risers and marble treads. The front facade has an original bulls-eye window which has lead light fixed glazing. There is an original timber framed entrance door case which has a timber framed panelled door leaf, fanlight and adjacent casement window. The original bay window has timber framed casement sashes and fanlights set on a brick dwarf wall. The casements have original lead light glazing, and the fanlight has original coloured glass. Located on the front boundary is a non-original low brick fence and wrought iron gate.
Date condition updated:09 Feb 12
Further information:
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: No. 35 Maher Street, was built c.1920 and was part of the Hillcrest Extension Estate. Early residents included Jonathan Brand (1921-1923), John Farmer (1924-1927), Thomas Dominez (1932) (Sands Directories). It is representative of suburban development in the early twentieth century. The land was originally part of the Dudley Park Estate 2nd subdivision, which was offered in 1912 (Hurstville ZSP: H10/ 044). The land was re-subdivided in 1913 as part of the Hillcrest Extension. The Maher Street frontages had a building covenant of £400 on each lot (Hurstville ZSP: H10/ 190).

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]
35 Maher Street, Penshurst provides evidence of the evolution of residential development within the Hillcrest Extension Estate in the early Inter-War Period.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The substantially intact early Inter-War Period cottage is notable for its overall picturesque Federation detailing including well considered decorative timber verandah, and contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
Integrity/Intactness: The place is substantially intact externally, apart from the removal of its chimney(s). Setting somewhat comprised by non-original brick boundary fence and adjacent child care centre.
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:

When the opportunity arises, replace unsympathetic front boundary fence with more historically accurate fence to Council approval.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  23 May 03   
Local Environmental Plan I4725 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: 1870079

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