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Dwelling - Dockra

Item details

Name of item: Dwelling - Dockra
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 8 Dunmore Crescent, Casula, NSW 2170
Local govt. area: Liverpool
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
8 Dunmore CrescentCasulaLiverpool  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Dockra demonstrates the history of settlement in the Casula area. It is associated with the prominent pioneering Lang family. There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research.
Date significance updated: 17 Jul 04
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Physical description: The physical fabric of Dockra has been extensively altered over time. Little remains of the early form of the house which can now only be appreciated by studying photographic evidence. Two narrow projecting gables located on the northern side of the house are testimony to its earlier configuration. These elements are clad with rusticated weatherboards and have steep, pitched roofs with a combination of half-timbering and roughcast adhering to an expanded wire mesh backing in the upper portion of the gables. The architectural detail of these gables however suggests that they were constructed (or at least modified) during the Federation period.
The house is set within its own garden, with a swimming pool to the front and is surrounded by a high security fence. A large Eucalypts tree just inside the front gate maybe a remnant early planting. Other plantings in the garden to the front and rear of the house appear to be later in date. Although now located in an modern housing development the high vegetation cover and security fencing surrounding the house give a secluded feel to the property.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:17 Jul 04
Modifications and dates: Little of the original fabric of this historic house remains. Following demolition of the eastern half of the building in c.1957 and subsequent extensive renovation, all that is readily apparent of the early construction is a brick fireplace (on the east side) and the twin gables and general configuration of the northeastern principal elevation. The current main entrance to the house is located on the southwestern side, which was traditionally the rear of the house. The present owners who recently bought the property have undertaken mostly interior modifications to the house.


Historical notes: The original residence (now greatly altered) was constructed in 1857 by a son of Rev. John Dunmore Lang, the prominent and outspoken Presbyterian minister and politician. The original property was far more expensive and the house one of the first in what is now the built-up area of Casula. The Lang family owned the property until the 1920s. The house was divided into 2 flats in the 1950's. Demolition of a subsequent part of the eastern side of the house took place in 1957.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This site demonstrates the history of the early settlement of Casula.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The site is associated with the prominent pioneering Lang family.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The site's setting is aesthetically pleasing.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact
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:


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementDevelop a Statement of Heritage Impact24 Jul 05


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLiverpool Local Environmental Plan 20081329 Aug 08   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed 025203 Feb 95 011653

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Liverpool Heritage Study1992LP0147Neustein & Associates  No
Liverpool Heritage Study Review20041970041FORM architects aust pty ltd  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1970041

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