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Briars, The

Item details

Name of item: Briars, The
Other name/s: The Briars
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 14 Woonona Avenue, Wahroonga, NSW 2076
Local govt. area: Ku-Ring-Gai
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
14 Woonona AvenueWahroongaKu-Ring-Gai  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Reasons for listing; historic, cultural, archaeological, aesthetic, state significance.
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Designer/Maker: C. Halstead
Construction years: 1895-
Physical description: The Briars is a well built house retaining a large proportion of the original fabric. Historically it is significant as it marks the first period of residential expansion in Wahroonga which followed the opening of the railway in 1890. The style of the house is transitional between the late Victorian Italianate and Federation. It is a single storey brick house with a hipped slate roof. A projecting brick bay with three stuccoed arches markes the front entrance and intersects a timber framed verandah which surrounds the house to three sides. The verandah is decorated with timber brackets and dentillation. Shuttered french doors open onto the verandah from the principal rooms . Internally the house retains much of its original joinery and fireplaces. The house is in good condition and has been sympathetically renovated by its present owners. The grounds have been considerably reduced by subdivision, but several large trees remain on the site. Curtilage to be the property boundary. (National Trust Listing Proposal)
Modifications and dates: Substantially intact.


Historical notes: The Briars was designed in 1895 by architect Charles.H Halstead for William Balcombe. Balcombe had formerly been Governor of St Helena; it is believed that the house that he lived in on St Helena was also called the Briars and that this house was built to the same plan. (National Trust Listing Proposal) Historical period: Pre -1900.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  04 Nov 89   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Study198708:020Robert Moore, Penelope Pike and Helen ProudfootSB Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Local History Sources
Written  National Trust Listing Proposal

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1880095

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