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Playgroup of NSW: Upper North Shore Zone Centre

Item details

Name of item: Playgroup of NSW: Upper North Shore Zone Centre
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 57 Merrivale Road, Pymble, NSW 2073
Local govt. area: Ku-Ring-Gai
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
57 Merrivale RoadPymbleKu-Ring-Gai  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Reasons for listing; historic, architectural, rarity value, municipal and state (?) significance
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Builder/Maker: Richard Porter
Construction years: 1890-
Physical description: An item of significant environmental heritage in NSW. It is an extremely good example of early Australian Colonial style architecture within Ku-ring-gai. Additionally its association with many well known people and their families within the Pymble area strengthens the case for its preservation. The building is currently in excellent condition.
Modifications and dates: Altered or extended sympathetically


Historical notes: The cottage was built in 1890 for Mr & Mrs Charles Bradford by Richard Porter and was named 'Wyangaree' (who owned and operated the Gardeners Arms Hotel and 'Grandview' on Pymble Hill). All the timber came from a mill in Station Street Pymble. The woodwork was done by William Pymble. Charles Bradford was a well known flantist & a very good friend of John Lemone (the Australian flantist who accompanied the famous Dame Nellie Melba who, on one occasion, sang for the neighbours standing on the cottage verandah. The land on which the cottage stands was once part of an orchard owned by Thomas Brown. After Mr Bradfields death, the cottage was purchased by the Canisus College, leasing it to Mr & Mrs Eric Porter who called the house 'Pentecost'. In 1973 Council bought the cottage from the college and leased it to the Playgroup Association of Australia. It is currently used for playgroup activities by over two hundred families. 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 Study198716:021Robert Moore, Penelope Pike and Helen ProudfootSB Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Interview with Mrs. Pymble of 53 Merrivale Road, Pymble on the 25th March 1981

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1880306

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