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House - Yarragee

Item details

Name of item: House - Yarragee
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 23 Bellevue Road, Belmont, NSW 2280
Parish: Kahibah
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23 Bellevue RoadBelmontLake MacquarieKahibahNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Site & house are associated with John Anderson an important pioneer Belmont land-owner & gardener. The 2nd owner, Wal Young, was a prominent N'cle business man & N'cle Mayor during WW2. Mr & Mrs Young lived in the house for about 60 years, & their ashes are interred in the garden.
The house is an interesting example of a large, rambling, vernacular design, making use of highest quality materials, & the best crafts skills of its time.
The prominent position & superb outlook are enhanced by wide verandahs added in c1925-30.
The garden, with superb & historic specimen trees, circular drive & panoramic views, is one of the best old gardens in Lake Macquarie.
RECOMMENDATION: Conserve house & significant elements of the garden.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - high
Local Significance - very high
HERITAGE LISTINGS: Schedule 4 of the Hunter REP 1989
Date significance updated: 28 Apr 08
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Construction years: 1890-1905
Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Architectural Style: Builder's Federation Bungalow or Homestead
Materials: Frame - Timber. Part brick footings
Roof - Hipped and gabled, CGI, Shingles on gable ends.
Walls/Cladding - Rebated weatherboards.
Windows - DH, some glazed doors
Floors - Timber
Interior - Wood panelling & fibrous plaster
This rambling family home has grown (see below).
Details include shingled gable ends, corbelled chimneys, cut decoration in balusters, fretwork brackets on window hoods.
Inside is extensive red pine panelling. Dining room also has exposed ceiling beams, outstanding red brick fireplace, old light fittings. Old wood stove survives in kitchen.
Garden has large brick cistern, circular carriage drive, important trees including huge Magnolia grandiflora.
Modifications and dates: The rear gable roofed section including Dining Room built around 1900, and the front, hipped roof, wide verandahed section added c1925-1930.
Dining room panelled etc. c1925-1930. Bathrooms added &/or altered in c1960s.
Further information: 1993 - RECOMMENDATION: Conserve house & significant elements of the garden.
House was being carefully rehabilitated by new owners in 1999
Current use: 1999: House sold as private residence and "in restauro"
Former use: 1992: Student House. Site proposed for demolition & subdivision.


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES: Part of 40 acre selection of Belmont pioneer John Anderson, who built guest house Bellevue (long demolished) & built this house for his family.
Bought by Walter E Young & presumably extended by him c1925-1930.
Young was founder of Young & Green (motor dealers) & Newcastle Mayor 1940-42.
Young died 1983 at Yarragee aged 91. His & wife's ashes buried under magnolia.
HERITAGE LISTINGS: Schedule 4 of the Hunter REP, 1989.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: Conserve house & significant elements of the garden. RECOMMENDATION - 2008: Record the garden and ensure that any particularly significant trees are included on the Council's Significant Tree Register, and make sure the Significant Tree Register is available to view online. Ensure that the trees are cared for and well maintained.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)22 May 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record22 May 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 20141110 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004BM-0119 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993BM-01Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Archival Photographs
WrittenClouten, K. H.1967Reid's Mistake
WrittenGray, A.C.1985Early Settlement of Belmont
Oral HistoryNewcastle Local History Library and Local Residents Verbal Information
WrittenNilsen, L. (ed)1985Lake Macquarie: Past and Present
WrittenParkes, W.S. Belmont 1825-1974

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: 1910016

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