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House - Dobell House

Item details

Name of item: House - Dobell House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 47 Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi, NSW 2267
Parish: Awaba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
47 Dobell DriveWangi WangiLake MacquarieAwabaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Dobell's House is significant as the former home and studio of the famous Australian artist, Sir William Dobell.
Dobell was the most renowned former inhabitant of Wangi Wangi.
Any architectural significance which may have applied to the house has been negated by the extensive alterations and additions it has undergone.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional Significance - moderate
Local Significance - high
Date significance updated: 14 Feb 17
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: west corner of Dobell Place & Dobell Drive.
Architectural Style: altered - originally Federation Bungalow
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - gables with steel decking or corrugated Colorbond cladding
Walls/Cladding - AC sheet
Windows - aluminium frames
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
This house was once a simple, and attractive gable-roofed vernacular version of a Federation Bungalow, of a type found all round the Lake.
It has been heavily altered and added to, and is scarcely recognisable as a typical lakeside cottage.
A large & incongruous two-storey addition on the Dobell Drive side (south-east) dominates the older sections of the building.
Modifications and dates: A.C. sheet wall cladding, aluminium window frames, steel deck roof cladding, large two-storey addition.
Current use: 1993: museum - formerly house & studio


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: The famous artist Sir William Dobell bought this house from his father's estate in 1942, and lived in the house until his death in 1970.
A museum pamphlet does not say whether this house was one that Dobell spent his childhood or childhood holidays in, or whether it was bought by his father later in life.

Recommended management:



Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)25 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004WG-0419 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201419010 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993WG-04Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Sir William Dobell Memorial Museum pamphlet
WrittenNilsen, L. (ed)1985Lake Macquarie: Past and Present

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910217

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