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Former shop and residence

Item details

Name of item: Former shop and residence
Other name/s: SE cnr Collins Street
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 55 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Leichhardt
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
55 Trafalgar StreetAnnandaleLeichhardt CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 55 Trafalgar Street, Annandale has local historic, aesthetic and social significance as a good example of a late Victorian shop and residence built around 1880-1900. The corner awning and balcony make a positive contribution to the streetscape. The new contemporary rear additions compliment the original building which retains its original form.

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Date significance updated: 28 Nov 12
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Physical description: Located on the corner of Trafalgar and Collins Streets this two storey late Victorian (1880-1900) rendered brick semi detached terrace has a high parapet wall. A sloping corrugated iron roof behind the parapet wall joins a curved and flat corrugated iron roof to the rear extension. A wide corrugated iron awning roof extends over the footpath and is supported by timber posts. The first floor balcony wraps around the corner and has a sloping corrugated iron roof and cast iron balustrade.

The ground floor front facade has french doors with glass panels located on the corner splay with a large timber frame double hung window. The side ground floor facade consists of the original terrace wall with a rendered wall behind and a modern entry door with canvas hood over.

The first floor original front facade has french doors with timber and glass panels located on the splay corner and double hung windows either side. The side facade of the first and second floor additions has a metal clad wall with two tall narrow louvered windows with a curved corrugated iron roof above and a separate small flat corrugated iron roof at the rear
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Excellent condition.
Date condition updated:24 May 10
Modifications and dates: 1984 - Alterations and additions
2000 - Ground floor, first and second floor additions
2003-2004 - Ground floor, first and second floor additions
Further information: The new contemporary rear additions compliment the original building which remains intact in its corner position.
Current use: Residential


Historical notes: The site is part of 290 acres which was originally granted in 1799 to Major, later Colonel, George Johnston, a marine officer of the First Fleet. His son Captain Robert Johnston later leased portions and oversaw the first subdivisions, known as North Annandale Estate from 1874. In 1877 John Young, a prominent building contractor in the late 19th century and Mayor of Leichhardt (1879-80 and 1884-86), consolidated 280 acres and transferred it to the Sydney Freehold Land, Building and Investment Company Ltd which he formed in 1878 and which proceeded to subdivide and sell residential allotments over the next 30 years.

Annandale was to be a “model township”. Young created the 100ft wide boulevard along the main ridge, Johnston Street, which was intended to be the finest street in the Colony and encouraged the symmetrical street grid pattern. Land sales were slow, particularly away from the higher ground along Johnston and Annandale Streets so the company was forced to revise lot sizes and smaller lots were subsequently created through re-subdivisions.

A Sydney Water plan dated 1889 and revised in the early 1890s shows the site and the original corner terrace without the awning over the footpath.

Trafalgar, Nelson and Young Streets and the four cross streets, Collins, Booth, Piper and Rose Streets were designed with a 66 ft width.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The building has local historical significance as a good example of a late Victorian corner former shop and residence.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building retains its original form and character especially the corner wrap around awning and balcony and decorative elements.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Demonstrates custom of local shopping and social focus for the community.
SHR Criteria g)
A representative example of a late Victorian corner shopfront and residence.
Integrity/Intactness: Good.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

Elements that contribute to the architectural form and character of the building should be retained, particularly; - the form, height and scale of the shop and residence; and - the detailed decorative elements.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I8823 Dec 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Leichhardt Municipality Heritage Study1990 McDonald McPhee Pty Ltd (Craig Burton, Wendy Thorp)  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenMax Solling and Peter Reynolds1997Leichhardt: on the Margins of the City

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1940092
File number: -

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