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House and Garden, Dulmar

Item details

Name of item: House and Garden, Dulmar
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 59 Ada Street, Oatley, NSW 2223
Local govt. area: Kogarah
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59 Ada StreetOatleyKogarah  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

59 Ada Street is a substantially intact single storey late Federation Bungalow period brick and tile dwelling with reconstructed picket boundary fence. This place is a fine representative example within the Kogarah LGA of a Federation Bungalow style residence with some Arts and Crafts influence. A sympathetic late twentieth century addition has not substantially diminished the aesthetic value of the place. Located on a corner block in a garden setting, the place makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and provides evidence of the historical evolution of its locality.
Date significance updated: 18 Dec 01
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Construction years: 1915-1915
Physical description: A large single-storey late Federation Bungalow style dwelling located on a prominent corner site with original medium-pitched hipped roof with non-original concrete tiles and chimneys finished in roughcast with original terracotta chimney pots. Street facing elevations have red/brown coloured face brickwork with liver brick trim and sandstone base course. There is an original L-shaped verandah with sandstone piers, square shaped timber posts grouped in pairs and curved timber valance. The verandah roof, which is formed by a continuation of the main roof, has exposed rafter ends to the eaves. Both street facing elevations have gabled bays with face brick and half-timbered effect to the gables. The Ada Street elevation has a corner verandah with detailing matching the main verandah noted above. The original front door case has a panelled and glazed door with original fanlight and sidelights. Original fenestration comprises multi-paned timber double-hung window and original multi-paned timber French doors. There is a gabled roof addition to the Neville Street elevation. The front garden is heavily landscaped to the point where the street elevations are partially obscured. There is a non-original timber picket fence which is sympathetic with the dwelling.
Date condition updated:12 Mar 12
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: 59 Ada Street was part of the Oatley Estate. James Oatley was one of the first land owners in the parish of St George. He owned several large land holdings in the region, totalling some 785 acres, including a 300 acre land holding granted in 1833. The estate passed to his son Frederick in 1839. The Oatley Estate remained intact until its sale in 1881 to a land speculator, Charles Cecil Griffiths. Griffiths was responsible for the residential subdivision of Oatley's Estate. A subdivision plan for 1400 residential blocks was issued in 1883, the first release in the area for residential development. In 1886 the Oatley's Estate Company was formed and took over sales. The estate was advertised and promoted as having the Illawarra railway line running through the property which was soon to be completed and provided daily access to Sydney. In 1886 the population of Oatley is recorded as 9 persons. Early sales of Oatley's Grant Subdivisions were slow during the early and mid 1880's (Oatley Railway Station Conservation Management Plan, M Stacy & N Broughton, 1995; Development of the Suburbs Peakhurst, Penshurst, Mortdale and Oatley", D Hatton, 1981; "The Oatley School of Arts" R Gibbs, undated, Oatley Local Studies Collection; Housing in NSW between the Wars, Robertson and Hindmarsh). Ada was the name of the wife and a daughter of George Neville Griffiths, second son of George Richard Griffiths MLA, of Oatley's Estate Company. The first development in Ada Street appears in the Sydney Sands Directories in 1898, being "Dunkeld" occupied by John Stibbs, north of Frederick Street. There was no further development in the street until 1912. The first major development of Ada Street began around 1912. Edgar Williams of Rosa Street built a house of brick for his daughter Dulcie on the corner of Ada and Neville Streets, and in 1920 this became the home of Guy Edwin Moore and his wife, the former Ruby Corbett who had grown up on her father's orchard in Forest Road, Peakhurst. William Corbett was among the nominees for the first Hurstville Council elections in 1887. Alderman Guy Moore was the proprietor of a prosperous book shop in Pitt Street and until the early 1970's was well known among book sellers. Guy Moore is first listed in the Sydney Sands Directories in Ada Street in the year 1924. The cottage was known as 'Dulmar' in the 1930s. In 1949, Moore applied to Kogarah Council for permission to build a fibro garage. In 1960 J Witten, the owner made an application to build a carport and in the 1980's, when in the ownership of G and H Thanos, several applications were made for Ground and First Floor additions and studio/garage ("Oatley The Working Man's Paradise" Elaine Howard 1979; Sydney Sands Directories; "Street Names in Oatley" B Goodger, 1998, Oatley Local History Collection; File B. 001/59).

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]
Together with contemporary dwellings in the locality, 59 Ada Street provides outstanding evidence of the historical evolution of residential development within the Oatley Estate from the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The place is notable for its fine substantially intact Federation Bungalow stylistic qualities and significant contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
59 Ada Street, Oatley is an excellent representative example of an early twentieth century dwelling displaying fine Federation Bungalow stylistic qualities in the Kogarah LGA.
Integrity/Intactness: Original fabric is substantially intact externally. Neville Street roof addition does not diminish the overall aesthetic value or streetscape contribution 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 significant fabric and corner setting.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I11825 Jan 13   
Local Environmental Plan  08 Apr 05   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Kogarah Heritage Study 19941994 Tropman & Tropman  No
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
WrittenB. Goodger1998Street Names in Oatley
WrittenD. Hatton1981Development of the Suburbs of Peakhurst, Penshurst, Mortdale and Oatley
WrittenJ.Fletcher & D.Kingston1985River, Road and Rail
WrittenM. Stacy and N. Broughton1995Oatley Railway Station Conservation Management Plan
WrittenR. Gibbs The Oatley School of Arts
WrittenRobertson & Hindmarsh Housing in NSW between the Wars
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: 1870231

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