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Chatsworth Island "Fa Yuen" Residence

Item details

Name of item: Chatsworth Island "Fa Yuen" Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 142 Chatsworth Road, Chatsworth Island, NSW 2469
Parish: Harwood
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
142 Chatsworth RoadChatsworth IslandClarence ValleyHarwoodClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This residence is aesthetically pleasing and makes a contribution to the Chatsworth road streetscape. It is also significant for its association with Captain Morrison.
Date significance updated: 21 Feb 05
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Builder/Maker: Mr Robertson
Physical description: Federation style cottage with steeply pitched gambrel iron roof and skillion verandah to three sides. Symmetrical appearance. Original style verandah brackets, balustrade and lattice panels. Balustrade design unusual square motif. Large mango tree stands just outside the fence. Cottage garden.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Excellent condition
Date condition updated:25 Oct 05
Modifications and dates: The picket fence was reinstated in 2005 defining the new boundary to the property.
Further information: A steep roofed cottage making strong contribution to streetscape.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: In the Daily Examiner 20/5/1909 the district news reports that "building operations are busy on the lower Clarence at present. Mr Till and Mr Robertson have completed up to date residences for……...…Captain Morrison, Chatsworth." Captain Morrison was on the Australia -China run and had developed an interest in China. This was reflected in some of the ornamentation around the house and in the house name "Fa Yuen". When this house was built Morrison was a river boat captain on the Clarence.

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 b)
[Associative significance]
This house is associated with Captain Morrison who was a river boat captain.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This house is attractive in its own right but it also makes a significant contribution to the Chatsworth road streetscape.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  11 May 01 812495
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Shire Local Environmental Study198911   No
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes
Maclean Shire Heritage Study1989 T. Shellshear  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnon1909District News Maclean

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990008

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