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House - McGeachie's

Item details

Name of item: House - McGeachie's
Other name/s: House - 'Craig Royston'
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 109 Brighton Avenue, Toronto, NSW 2283
Parish: Awaba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
109 Brighton AvenueTorontoLake MacquarieAwabaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: "Craig Royston" has historic significance connected with its early owner, & with the visit of a member of the Royal Family.
The house has many attributes of the classic Federation Queen Anne style, applied in a more formal manner, & with more expensive & showy materials & details than was common around the Lake.
It had attributes of a house built for a "Captain of Industry", & is reminiscent of contemporary Manager's houses down the coast.
Alterations to windows etc. detract from the architectural significance of the house but do not destroy it.
The house could have started life as a holiday house, or to commute from. In either case it makes a strong contribution to Toronto's history.
The c1970s house built in the front garden severs "Craig Royston's" connection with the Lake, & seriously compromises its outlook.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - high
Local Significance - high
Group Significance - high (as a contributing item
in the conservation area)
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: formerly on the Lakefront, north of Brighton Avenue
Architectural Style: Federation Queen Anne
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - Welsh slates with terra cotta ridges & crests on hips & gables
Walls/Cladding - weatherboards?
Windows - altered, some large plate glass
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
House seen from a distance only.
The slate & tile roof, corbelled chimneys, bullnose return verandah with decorative gablet over central formal front steps, striped paint, spooled frieze and cast-iron-lace balustrade can all be glimpsed from the lake.
The estate is said to have included steps down to a wharf & boatsheds, with a large private launch kept, presumably for travelling to Speers Point.
Modifications and dates: Plate glass windows.
The outlook is seriously compromised by a modern house which occupies most of a block subdivided from the front garden.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII & Duke of Windsor) is said to have stayed here.
The name of the house is said to have been "Craig Royston".
The first owner is said to have been the McGeachie who was the Mine Manager at the West Wallsend coal mine (WW-02). Presumably it was his "Weekender".

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: More information needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)22 Jun 08
Statutory InstrumentInclude in a Conservation Area within an LEP22 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record22 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004TT-2319 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201417610 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993TT-23Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History  Verbal information from local residents.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910210

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