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Maclean Wharf Street Residence

Item details

Name of item: Maclean Wharf Street Residence
Other name/s: Bristol
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 34 Wharf Street, Maclean, NSW 2463
Parish: Taloumbi
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
34 Wharf StreetMacleanClarence ValleyTaloumbiClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An extremely good example of a federation house in excellent condition. With its impressive splayed bay window and verandahs it makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. It is associated with the Bathgate family who were pioneer farmers in the Ashby area.
Date significance updated: 25 Sep 05
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Physical description: Large federation weatherboard house with main hipped galvanised iron roof and projecting gable ended wings. Skillion verandahs to both sides of house, one of these wrapping around corner. Nicely detailed timber verandah balustrade and curved valance boards, elaborate splayed bay window and ornate timber bracketing to gables and sun hoods. High quality of timber detailing to external joinery and windows. Interesting massing of house with nicely balanced verandahs and off set geometry. New iron fence.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
House in excellent condition.
Date condition updated:03 Aug 05
Modifications and dates: carport to side
Further information: An extremely good example of this type of federation house in excellent condition.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: These historical notes were provided by L. McSwan, Maclean & District Historical Society). This house was built as a retirement home for Mrs Susan Bathgate after the death of her husband John, a pioneer farmer from Ashby (see Bathgate residence). She lived here till her death in 1935. It was purchase in 1940c by Mr and Mrs Fred Kearns and many young people boarded here until Fred died in 1970. It had several owners until it was purchase by Rowan and Susan Kearns. Rowan was a great nephew of the former owner. The Kearns were keen gardeners and won the Maclean Garden prize in 1988.

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 Bathgate family who were pioneer farmers in Ashby.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
With its impressive bay window and verandahs it makes a significant contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
An extremely good example of a federation house in excellent condition
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 812498
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes
Maclean Shire Heritage Study198987T. Shellshear  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990053

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