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Terraces, Burn Brae

Item details

Name of item: Terraces, Burn Brae
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 12-18 Premier Street, Kogarah, NSW 2217
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12-18 Premier StreetKogarahKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

12, 14, 16 and 18 Premier Street are a relatively rare representative example of early Federation period terrace houses within the Kogarah LGA. The integrity of the single storey brick terraces has been somewhat compromised by unsympathetic alterations, but they are still able to be conserved. Along with 10 Premier Street and 2-8 Premier Street adjacent, the place makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, and the historical development of the Kogarah Township Estate which was one of the earliest subdivisions in the LGA.
Date significance updated: 27 Feb 12
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Construction years: 1894-
Physical description: 12-18 Premier Street is a row of single-storey, early Federation period terrace houses, with original gable roofs separated by rendered parapets. Each terrace has an original gablet located over the front elevation and original front verandah. No. 16 has non-original Marseille pattern glazed terra cotta tiles, while No. 18 has non-original concrete tiles. No.’s 12 and 14 have non-original metal mock Marseille pattern roof sheeting. Each terrace has a tiled skillion verandah roof which is continuous with the gable roof. There are three original face brick chimneys which display stepped brick detailing. The gablets have original timber bargeboards and original timber shingle wall cladding. All terraces have stop chamfered timber verandah beams supported between fin walls. The fin walls have original arched verandah recesses and rendered mouldings to the ends. No. 12 has two non-original pre-cast concrete Corinthian verandah columns, while the other terraces have an original stop chamfered timber verandah post with incised mouldings. No. 14 has a non-original cast iron lace veranda freeze. No.’s 12 and 16 have no verandah friezes or valances. No.’s 2 and 8 have faceted bays with three original timber framed double-hung windows. No.’s 4 and 6 have rectangular bays with a pair of timber framed double-hung windows. All windows have upper sashes with multi-paned coloured glass lights, and rendered sills with raised mouldings. Each terrace has original timber framed four-panel doors with the upper panels glazed. No. 12 retains its original tuck pointed face brick wall finish. No.’s 14 and 18 have tuck pointed face brick which has been painted. The front brick wall to No. 16 has been cement rendered. All terraces have non-original verandah tiling. No. 12 has no front boundary fence, while the remaining terraces have recently constructed timber picket fences of matching design.
Date condition updated:09 Feb 12
Further information:
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: These four terraces were originally built for Alex Loudon c.1894. Loudon lived in Redfern and leased the four terraces. They illustrate the land speculation associated with the opening of the Illawarra Railway and the first subdivision estates. Amongst the early residents were: No. 12 - James Melville engineer (1898-1900), Henri Dumont (1903-4), William Melville (1905), Charles Bridgeman (1908), Ernest Davis (1910), Joseph A. Leatham (1911), Francis Fagan (1913), Francis A. McBain (1914), Percy Ryall (1915-1917), Walter Howes (1918-1923); No. 14 - Eugene Cremin (1896 -1900), Thomas Bower (1902-1904), Douglas Dickie (1905), George O. Middleton (1906-1908), Thomas Tent (1909), George Middleton (1910-1923); No. 16 - William Evans watchmaker (1895-1903), Albert H. White (1905-1906), George Archer (1909), George Easton (1910-11), Henry Theak (1913-1918), Francis H. Ferrow (1920, 1923); and No. 18 - Henry J. Gill (1898-1900), W. B. Smith (1900-1902), William Williams (1905-1906), Herbert W. Corbin (1909), James Hutchings (1910), Mrs. Louisa Dwyer (1911), Linley Fulton (1912-1916), Mrs Bennett (1917-1918), Charles J. Moye (1920) and John Moye (1923). No. 14 was identified by the house name 'Burn Brae', and No. 18 was known as 'Rotoiti'. Kogarah Township Estate subdivision was first auctioned on 25 October 1884, just 10 days after the official opening of the double railway track to Hurstville. Propective buyers were lured to the auction with free tickets for the train ride down to Kogarah, so that they could witness the benefits of train transport first hand. Initial take-up of the subdivision was slow, and portions of the estate were readvertised in 1886. Kogarah Township Estate was amongst the earliest subdivisions which took place after the opening of the Illawarra Railway in 1884. The railway was the focus of the subdivision, and as the name of the Estate suggests, it was anticipated that Kogarah town and commercial centre would shift from Rocky Point Road & Kogarah Road junction to the railway station. Today Kogarah Township Estate forms the basis of the town centre.

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, 12-18 Premier Street provides evidence of the evolution of residential development in the Kogarah Township Estate from the late nineteenth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Collectively the terrace houses make an important contribution to the streetscape, although somewhat compromised by unsympathetic alterations.
SHR Criteria f)
12-18 Premier Street are relatively rare late-nineteenth century terraces displaying good Federation stylistic qualities in the Kogarah LGA.
SHR Criteria g)
12-18 Premier Street, Kogarah are a representative example of substantially intact late nineteenth-century terrace housing displaying quality early Federation period stylistic influence in the Kogarah LGA.
Integrity/Intactness: Integrity has been somewhat diminished by unsympathetic alterations, but they are still able to be conserved.
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:

Construct historically accurate picket fence to front boundary of No. 12 to Council approval. Remove paint from face brick to No.'s 14 and 18. Reconstruct timber verandah post to No. 12.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I9525 Jan 13   
Local Environmental Plan  23 May 03   
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
Written  Rate Books East Ward 18941895 to 19041905
WrittenTropman & Tropman Architects1994Kogarah Heritage Study 1994

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1870093

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