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Semi-detached house

Item details

Name of item: Semi-detached house
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Semi-Detached House
Primary address: 233 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Leichhardt
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
233 Trafalgar StreetAnnandaleLeichhardt CumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

No. 233 Trafalgar Street has local historic and aesthetic significance as a good example of a Federation Arts and Craft style building that is unusual in the Annandale area. The front façade retains most of its original form and character, in particular the Arts and Craft detailing.

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Date significance updated: 28 Nov 12
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Physical description: Two storey semi-detached Federation Arts and Crafts style house (1890-1920) with painted brick walls and a corrugated iron pitched roof with two wide eaved gable ends.

The ground floor has an arched side entry with the front facade consisting of an open tiled verandah with two wide glass french doors and a brick bay with a small timber bay window surrounded by decorative timber mouldings and a hood over. The first floor consists of timber french doors leading to the front balcony with shingled balustrade and decorative timber posts supporting a sloping corrugated iron roof. The adjacent projecting brick bay has a two small awning windows surrounded by decorative timber mouldings,

Other features include brick corbelling, timber vents, timber brackets and mouldings, a gargoyle and spire.

There is a small front garden with a pebblecrete path to the front and side doors. The front fence has a sandstone course base with a palisade fence above.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is in excellent condition.
The front sandstone fence base is exfoliating.
Date condition updated:24 May 10
Modifications and dates: 1997 - alterations and additions
Further information: The building appears to have been renovated with the original brickwork painted over and some original items replaced such as the ground floor verandah doors. The roof has been replaced with corrugated iron.

There is no number in Heritage inventory.
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.

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
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 historic significance as part of the late 19th century to early 20th century development in the area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building has retained most of its original form and Federation Arts and Crafts detailing.
SHR Criteria f)
The Federation Arts and Craft style is rare for the local area.
SHR Criteria g)
The buiding is a good representative example of a Federation Building in the local area.
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:

It is recommended that the existing form and character of the building be retained, particularly the decorative detailing.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I8923 Dec 13   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed     

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: 1940093

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