Clovelly | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Clovelly
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 13 Wyrallah Road, Girards Hill, NSW 2480
Local govt. area: Lismore
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13 Wyrallah RoadGirards HillLismore  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine Federation house, the end result of additions and improvements over a period of years. One of the most impressive old homes in the Girards Hill precinct (see listing 40011). Local significance.
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Construction years: 1907-1907
Physical description: Early Federation period weatherboard house, set well back from street on sloping site. Hipped corrugated iron roof. Front bay of octagonal form, with pyramidal roof and bracketed eaves. Skillion verandah wraps around street facade. It has timber posts with curved brackets, and a timber balustrade. Double-hung windows. Elaborate rivetted metal gate, possibly of late construction.
Modifications and dates: Early alterations to the house are noted in the history below. Recent major works to front garden not in keeping with the period of the house. New front fence of mostly sympathetic design.


Historical notes: The house is on a piece of land which was originally Portion 1, Parish of Lismore, comprising 200 hectares. Granted to William Wilson on 23 September, 1858. Later it became part of subdivision called Judge Murray's Paddock. "Clovelly" was erected in 1907. Walter Frank Oakes bought this house in 1919 in a rundown condition. He carried out repairs, replacing torn wallpaper, then adding the office and, over the years, the big verandah and the dining room. He was also one of the first in Lismore to install electric light. Mrs Agnes Oakes gave the name of "Clovelly" because the steep little hill reminded her of the picture of Clovelly village in Cornwall. In 1966 WF Oakes turned the pantry into a side entrance and improved the bathroom toilet and tank arrangements. A double garage was added. The bay window in the front bedroom was made in 1979, the coloured glass coming from various sales in Sydney. The round stained glass in the back hall was made by WF Oakes as a present to his father. (For information on adjoining Elton Street residence see listing 20105.)

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 locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. 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
Local Environmental PlanSchedule 2 08 Jun 01   
Local Environmental PlanLismore LEP 2012i3422 Feb 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study  01 Oct 95   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Lismore Heritage Study199420028Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdAW, VM No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 0National Trust listing form, 1987

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1950064

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