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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 20 William Street, Holmesville, NSW 2286
Parish: Teralba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
20 William StreetHolmesvilleLake MacquarieTeralbaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Significant for connection with pioneer Holmes family, & as home & product of a well known local builder who used the cottage as a showcase of his work.
Characteristic more complex plan & roof form (than the typical Victorian cottage) is representative of its period (generally after 1900).
Variety of decoration represents popular style of the time & indicates a developing communication facility with the cities. (Compare with Cardiff cottage CF-17).
Integrity of detailing & retention of original materials gives a model of popular style in its place & time & contributes to interpretation of the history of Holmesville & the Holmes family.
It is one of a group of buildings making up a proposed conservation area in the centre of Holmesville.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Streetscape value - high
Regional Significance - moderate
Local Significance - very high
Date significance updated: 13 May 08
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Builder/Maker: Builder William Holmes, son of Joseph Holmes
Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: west side of Appletree Road
Architectural Style: Vernacular version of Federation Arts & Crafts
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - hipped and gabled, CGI cladding
Walls/Cladding - rebated weatherboard front
lapped weatherboard sides
Windows - DH, 6-pane coloured glass in top sash
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
Note the turned verandah posts, wood fretwork barge decoration (same pattern as No.59 Appletree Rd), finial, turned wood "pilaster" mullions and carved trims under sills to front windows, 3 x 2 coloured glass panes in top sashes, decorative hood over west window, all no doubt added as a showcase
advertisement for the builder's product.
This house, like a great many in the district, has stumps made from single large stone blocks (said to have been brought in from Jesmond).
Modifications and dates: none noticeable
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: Built c1900-1905 (?) by William Holmes, carpenter and builder, and ninth child of Joseph Holmes, pioneer of the district.
William Holmes built No.20 William Street for his own house, and set up a contracting business there. His father sold blocks of land in the Holmsville subdivision, and William Holmes built the cottages on them.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: The house is part of a group of buildings making up a proposed conservation area in the centre of Holmesville.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)19 May 08
Statutory InstrumentInclude in a Conservation Area within an LEP19 May 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201410610 Oct 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004HV-0719 Mar 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993HV-07Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History  Verbal information from Mr S. Holmes
WrittenReynolds, T.G.1989EARLY WEST WALLSEND, Its People and Places

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910103

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