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Maclean Oban Street Residence

Item details

Name of item: Maclean Oban Street Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 3 Oban Street, Maclean, NSW 2463
Parish: Taloumbi
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


The property boundary.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Oban StreetMacleanClarence ValleyTaloumbiClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A very nice original and clean example of a Federation house complete with iron work frieze and verandah balustrade, and mature tree in the rear garden. It makes a significant contribution to the Oban streetscape and is associated with the Maclean builder Robertson.
Date significance updated: 19 Nov 05
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Builder/Maker: F.J. Robertson
Physical description: Large Federation house having weatherboard construction with large hipped roof and projecting gable to one side. Bull-nosed iron verandah to two sides, raised above ground on brick base and ornately decorated with cast iron frieze. Good quality of timber joinery to entry door, French doors and front window surround. Set on a large block with informal driveway to the side.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Well maintained. Verandah currently being restored.
Date condition updated:19 Nov 05
Modifications and dates: Since the 1989 Maclean Heritage Study the mature pine trees have been removed.
Further information: A good example of this type of house. which would be enhanced by the reinstatement of the cast iron balustrade.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: This house was built for William Boden, who with his brother established the Clarence River Engineering Company. Eventually William became the sold owner of the company which he ran until his retirement in the 1930s. William was a very public spirited person and was an alderman on the Maclean Council and a member of the Manchester Unity Order of Odd fellows (McSwan, 1992, 158). He was also a member of the hospital board and a football referee.

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]
It is associated with the Maclean builder Robertson.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
An aesthetically pleasing large Federation house with ornately decorated with cast iron frieze on the verandah. The property contributes to the Oban Streetscape.
Integrity/Intactness: Largely 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 812496
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes
Maclean Shire Heritage Study198947T. Shellshear  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990027

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