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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 16 Dora Street, Dora Creek, NSW 2264
Parish: Coorumbung
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
16 Dora StreetDora CreekLake MacquarieCoorumbungNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Characteristic architectural form is representative of its place and period. However a few small details (fretwork bargeboards, possibly the bullnose verandah roof) set the house apart from others of its standing.
It belongs to the time of the 2nd development and subdivision of Dora Creek in the 1890s.
Very few buildings of this period still exist east of the bridge in Dora Creek and nothing appears to remain of the earlier (1840s) settlement of "Newport" in the same area.
The house is a reminder of the time when Dora Creek was a prosperous fishing village.
Recent additions have been carried out in a sympathetic manner and do not compromise the significance of the cottage.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Local Significance - high
Date significance updated: 13 May 08
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Builder/Maker: Charles Parker (brother Joshua 1st owner)
Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: east end of Doree Place
Architectural Style: Vernacular version of Victorian Gothic, with added Federation details.
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - hipped & gabled, ornate barge boards & finials
Walls/Cladding - front, rebated weatherboard
Windows - DH, timber frame
Floors - timber
Interior -
A simple, double-fronted house, with return verandah clad in bullnose cgi & some locally unusual detailing, such as fretwork bargeboards on the flying gable.
The house has a recent gabled west wing, with matching verandah, added on to the back of the house. The stumps under most of the original part of the house are said to be made from paperbark logs.
The house appears to be in excellent order and well cared for.
The given age of the house may be earlier than the actual age. More information needed.
Modifications and dates: West wing added 1988 including barge boards & finial to match those on the south gable.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES: House said to have been built in 1898 by Charles Parker, a local builder, for his brother Joshua, a local fisherman.
The house remained in the same family until 1988, when it was sold to the present owner by the son of Joshua Parker.
The given age of the house may be earlier than the actual age. More information needed.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: more historical information and better description needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)23 May 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record23 May 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2004DC-0219 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 20148110 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993DC-02Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History  Verbal information from local residents.
WrittenNilsen, L. (ed)1985Lake Macquarie: Past and Present

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: 1910084

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