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Former Boarding House (Gwalia Flats)

Item details

Name of item: Former Boarding House (Gwalia Flats)
Other name/s: Gwalia Flats; Boarding House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Block of Flats
Primary address: 7 Coleman Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
Local govt. area: Lismore
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7 Coleman StreetLismoreLismore  Primary Address
Cambrian StLismoreLismore  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding local example of a Late Federation Filigree design. The styling conveys a tropical character, typical in Queensland but rare locally. The ripple iron verandah cladding is an unusual and innovative feature, giving the building much of its individual appeal. Enjoys an ideal setting overlooking the river and set in open space on views from Molesworth Street. Major contribution to the St Andrews historic precinct (see listing 40001). Special social and historical interest as an early boarding house. Boarding houses were important in the town's history. Regional significance.
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Construction years: 1923-1923
Physical description: Unusual two storey residential building with complex corrugated iron roof. A gablet extends over exterior staircase leading from the ground to the verandahs. The verandahs returning to three sides, have a galvanised iron balustrade with a bellcasting shape. Timber verandah posts with simple curved brackets. Double hung and casement windows. Rear verandah encloses rear external stair. Like most buildings on Coleman Street this building faces towards the river. A row of mature palms leads to the front of the building from Molesworth Street. (For landscape information see listing 30093.)
Modifications and dates: New windows. Building re-levelled. Ripple iron balustrading has been partly removed. Stored on site. Generally neglected and requiring repairs and maintenance.


Historical notes: Originally a boarding house.

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 f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental PlanLismore LEP 2012i4222 Feb 13   
Local Environmental PlanSchedule 2 08 Jun 01   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study  01 Oct 95   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Lismore Heritage Study199420014Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdAW, VM No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 0"St Andrews Heritage Precinct Walking Tour", leaflet prepared by "Rustic Relics", Cambrian Street

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1950050

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