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James Creek Cameron Residence

Item details

Name of item: James Creek Cameron Residence
Other name/s: Highfield
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 35 James Creek Road, James Creek, NSW 2463
Parish: Taloumbi
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
35 James Creek RoadJames CreekClarence ValleyTaloumbiClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A very substantial and attractive double brick residence, superbly sited and of rare construction in this Shire. It is significant for its association with the Cameron family, its links to river transport and Page's brickworks.
Date significance updated: 25 Mar 06
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Builder/Maker: F.J. Robinson
Physical description: Federation style bungalow erected in a commanding hill top position south of Harwood Bridge and now surrounded by mature trees. House has been in the one family since new and was added to and sympathetically resorted in 1978. Typical federation style plan having large square hipped roof with offset projecting gable ended roods. It is a double brick construction, which was unusual in this area at the time, with diamond a.c. shingles and terra cotta ridings. Bricks came from the Page brickworks. Joinery and construction is of a high standard. Original elements include front door with panes of flannel flower; lounge room with Wunderlich ceiling, and original joinery around the fireplace.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:29 Jul 05
Modifications and dates: 1978 modification. Addition of a rear porch, bathroom, bedroom and garage. Rooms within the original homestead altered. Original kitchen now bedroom, pantry now part of study. New kitchen is located in a former bedroom. Lounge room still retains original fireplace and joinery with Wunderlich ceiling. Master bedroom unchanged.
Further information: A very substantial and attractive residence, superbly sited and of rare construction in this Shire. Its history and architectural value is much treasured by its current owners and will undoubtedly be conserved.
Current use: Residence
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The house is associated with the Cameron Family who were one of the earlier families to settle in the Maclean area. Allan Cameron came to the Clarence River in 1858 . After living for five years near Alumy Creek he settled as a youth on this property. Amongst other activities he ran the post office at Harwood. In 1878 he married Miss Margaret Gillanders. At "Highfield" the Camerons had a family of eight daughters and two sons (Centenary of Education Harwood Island 1970). The house was built in 1917 at a cost of 1029 pounds. The family was engaged in agricultural and pastoral activities. Cane growing, dairying and even mining has been carried out on the property. The house is still in the hands of the Cameron family.

The property is still in the hands of the Cameron family.

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 a)
[Historical significance]
This residence is historically significant as it tells of early land subdivision. It is also linked to the history of the river as water for the government ferries was collected on the property and then fed via gravity feed to the wharf.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is associated with the Cameron family who are well known in the shire as an early settler family involved in agricultural and pastoral activities. …
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
A very substantial and attractive brick residence, superbly sited and of rare construction in this Shire.
SHR Criteria f)
It is a rare example of a substantial brick residence in the Shire. In this period most of the homes were built of timber.
Integrity/Intactness: While modified in 1978 it still retains much original material. Diamond asbestos shingle roof replaced in 2006 with synthetic slate roof with excellent results.
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 812499
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Shire Local Environmental Study1989114   No
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes
Maclean Shire Heritage Study1989114T. Shellshear  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990062

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