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Item details

Name of item: Egelabra
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 70 Ku-ring-gai Avenue, Turramurra, NSW 2074
Local govt. area: Ku-Ring-Gai
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
70 Ku-ring-gai AvenueTurramurraKu-Ring-Gai  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Reasons for listing; cultural, architectural, state significance
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Designer/Maker: Thomas Cosh
Construction years: 1908-
Physical description: Restored to its original spendour the decor harmonises with the patterned ceilings, leadlight windows, open fireplaces and extensive use of Australian cedar (SMH). This building is a prime example of the end of point in the evolution of an Australian style of architecture during the Federation era, and is an example of the work of a prominent architect. The location on a corner site enhances its streetscape value in the street. The house is sited in a large mature garden of azaleas, camelias and some small dense leafed evergreens. A fence overlapping the timber palings with squared timber posts is a typical Federation style (National Trust).

External material: It is constructed in brown brick with dark blue dressings, and a terracoota palin tile roof. Rendered chimeys topped with brick and tapering cylindical chimney pots. Square tapering verandah supports with Art Noveau details (National Trust).
Modifications and dates: Substantially intact


Historical notes: Originally part of a land grant to the Hughes family by Sir George Gripps in 1842, it wasn't until 1905 that "Egelabra" found itself on 14 acres comprising most of the block bounded by Boomerang Street and Turramurra Avenue. Named after the sheep station at Warren in New South Wales, the home almost took a year to complete (SMH). Its first owner was RA Rand. The house is closely related to Cosh's own house, "the Terricks" which faces it across the road (National Trust). Historical period: 1901-1920.


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

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ku-ring-gai Heritage Study198710:003Robert Moore, Penelope Pike and Helen ProudfootSB Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Sydney Morning Herald, 12th October 1985 National Trust of Australia Listing Proposal

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1880216

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