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House and Garden, Aintree

Item details

Name of item: House and Garden, Aintree
Other name/s: Ninahome
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 41 Hillcrest Avenue, Hurstville Grove, NSW 2222
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
41 Hillcrest AvenueHurstville GroveKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

41 Hillcrest Avenue, Penshurst is significant at a Local level for its aesthetic qualities, contribution to the streetscape and historic value. Located on an elevated site, this substantially intact late Federation Period brick and slate bungalow with original brick boundary fence is notable for its overall high quality detailing and well considered decorative timber verandah. The setting of 41 Hillcrest Avenue is somewhat compromised by proposed road widening and subsequent removal of an adjacent house, but overall the place makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and historic building stock of Kogarah. Together with contemporary buildings in the locality, 41 Hillcrest Avenue, Penshurst provides evidence of the evolution of residential development within the Dudley Park Estate in the early twentieth century.
Date significance updated: 17 Dec 01
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Construction years: 1916-1916
Physical description: 41 Hillcrest Avenue, Penshurst is a substantially intact single-storey brick and slate early twentieth century Federation Bungalow style dwelling located on an elevated site. The place has a medium-pitched original slate hipped roof with terra cotta tile hip and ridge capping, gablets, boxed eaves, and original rendered chimneys displaying raised moulding and mock ashlar coursing. Displaying symmetrical massing, the street facing façade has brown face brick with red brick trim, rock-faced sandstone base course, and a main roof which extends over the verandah. There is a centrally located gablet located over the verandah which has original decorative timber shingle wall cladding. The verandah is notable for its highly intact decorative timber detailing including paired stop chamfered timber posts set on rock- faced sandstone bases and shaped timber brackets and valance. There are original timber frieze balusters located between the verandah posts. The ends of the verandah are enclosed with original timber and glass screens. Fenestration comprises original timber framed window cases with double-hung sashes and sundered sills with raised mouldings. There is an original timber framed entrance door case with solid timber frame panel door leaf and fanlight. The brick fence and reconstructed wrought iron and wire gates located along the front boundary are contemporary with the dwelling.
Date condition updated:17 Dec 01
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Dr Robert Townson was granted 1605 acres on November 1, 1809, bounded by Hurstville Road, King Georges Road, Broadarrow Road and Boundary Road. In 1830, Townson's original holdings in the St George region were sold to John Connell and assumed the name Connell's Bush. After Connell's death in 1849, the 1809 grant was sold in three stages. 41 Hillcrest Avenue is part of the Dudley Park subdivision. In 1918, the property came into the ownership of Nina Coxhead, wife of Arthur Edwin Coxhead, builder of Hurstville. At this time the property fronted Matthews Street with rear access from Belmore Rd, and was known as "Ninahome". The property is first listed in Sands in Hillcrest Avenue in 1917, and in Matthews Street in 1916. Two other properties predate 41 Hillcrest in the block between King Georges Road and Dudley Street. Nina Coxhead held a mortgage on the property from 1916 until 1923, whereupon the property was sold to Thomas Caddick Milner, Postal Assistant of Hurstville. While in the ownership of Milner, the property became known as "Aintree". In 1951, Milner applied to Kogarah Council for permission to build a fibro garage. In 1978, the property was sold to George Znev (sub. storeman) and Sheridan Leah Bersoy, Nursing Sister) of Homebush West. The current owner purchased the property in 1981 (Certificate of Title, Helen Slade, May 2001; Kogarah Council Archives, Building Cards).

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]
41 Hillcrest Avenue, Penshurst provides evidence of the evolution of residential development within the Dudley Park Estate in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Located on a prominent elevated site, the substantially intact early twentieth century dwelling is notable for its excellent Federation Bungalow stylistic qualities including well considered decorative timber verandah, and contribution to the streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Setting somewhat compromised by proposed road widening and subsequent removal of an adjacent house.
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:

Maintain significant elements and setting of the place.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I5225 Jan 13   
Local Environmental Plan  08 May 05   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Kogarah Heritage Study 19941994 Tropman & Tropman  No
Review of Kogarah Heritage Study 1994 - Group 2&3 Draft Heritage Items - Stage 22001 Architectural Projects Pty Ltd  Yes
Kogarah Heritage Study Review 20112011 Truman, Zaniol & Associates Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Map  Map of Kogarah LGA - Original Subdivisions
Map  Subdivision Plans
Written 1938Kogarah Council Archives - Valuation Books
Written  Kogarah Council Archives - Building Cards
Written  Sands Directories - 1885-1933
WrittenJ.Fletcher & D.Kingston1985River, Road and Rail
WrittenLand Titles Office2001Certificate of Title
WrittenTropman & Tropman Architects1994Kogarah Heritage Study

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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1870208

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