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Item details

Name of item: Cottage
Other name/s: Cottage Bungalow
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 53 Wilson Street, West Wallsend, NSW 2286
Parish: Teralba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
53 Wilson StreetWest WallsendLake MacquarieTeralbaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: This cottage is an excellent (and rare in this district) representative of the bungalow style, interpreted in a small cottage.
It contrasts with the 1890s hipped roof cottages, (well represented around West Wallsend), but is compatible with them.
Its characteristic architectural form is representative of its period and social setting and contributes to the distinctive character of the historic mining town.
It provides a model of the popular cottage bungalow not otherwise well represented in the district.
In the integrity of its detailing and the retention of original materials it is a good example of the original architecture and materials of other (altered) bungalows in the district.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional significance - low
in a scheduled Conservation Area
Local significance - high
Group Significance - high (as a contributing item
in the conservation area)
Date significance updated: 01 Jul 08
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: north side of Wilson Street, almost opposite
the end of Withers Street.
Architectural Style: vernacular version of California Bungalow
Materials: Frame - timber
Roof - front to back gable, CGI cladding
Walls/Cladding - rebated weatherboards
Windows - DH, timber sashes, in front a pair with
6 coloured panes in top sash
Floors - ?
Interior - ?
Small workmen's bungalows of circa the 1920s are unusual in West Wallsend.
Those that do exist are from same pattern, with large & small models.
This has larger "twins" in Laidley & Carrington Sts, & a pair in Seaham St Holmesville.
These cottages were probably built by the same local builder, responding to the latest styles in the cities.
The small verandah is set in under one side of the main roof
It retains details characteristic of period, including gable end strapping & brackets, the fretted wood frieze, & 2 or 3 piece timber posts on brick balustrade.
The wood decorations and coloured glazing in the pair of double-hung sashes in the front of the cottage belong to the Federation era, as did the hood over the pair of windows (removed before 1993).
Modifications and dates: window hood on front wall removed.
Note surviving posts from a partially demolished early picket fence, probably contemporary in style to the cottage.
Current use: 1993: domestic residence


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: information needed
HERITAGE LISTINGS: "The Hunter's Heritage", Hunter R.E.P. 1989, Schedule 5 - Conservation Areas.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: More information needed.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)01 Jul 08
Statutory InstrumentInclude in a Conservation Area within an LEP01 Jul 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record01 Jul 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004WW-3919 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201421810 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993WW-39Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910242

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