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Brushgrove River Street Group

Item details

Name of item: Brushgrove River Street Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 40,36,34,30,28,26,24 River Street, Brushgrove, NSW 2460
Parish: Woodford
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley


View along River street including the street verge and houses.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
40,36,34,30,28,26,24 River StreetBrushgroveClarence ValleyWoodfordClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This group of houses from number 24 to 40 River street are significant as they locate the second wharf at Brushgrove, which was busy shipping center at the turn of the century. They are also associated with the Henderson family who ran a two storey shop near the wharf and who are reputed to have built several of the houses for their employees.
Date significance updated: 11 Jun 08
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Physical description: A group of 7 residences located on the levee bank adjacent to the former wharf. The buildings are characterised by Federation styles including steeply pitched iron rooves, projecting front gables and weatherboard construction. Several appear to have been raised.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Most of these residences have been well maintained. There is no infill development.
Date condition updated:08 Mar 06
Modifications and dates: The buildings have been modified in recent years with verandahs enclosed and exterior walls clad.
Current use: Residences
Former use: Shops and Residences


Historical notes: River Street at the turn of the century was a busy area with a wharf at the end of Donaldson Street and a punt operating to Lower Southgate. It was the location of Henderson's double storey Department Store which was the largest business in Brushgrove at the time. According to Connolly (2005) the first 3 or 4 houses in River Street were built for the Henderson's about the time the shop was built. These houses have now been lifted above flood level. The business at the former Henderson store started to decline in the 1950s and with the death of Mr Colthurst in 1954 the business was closed. This store was then demolished. However, several older residences still remain along this stretch of the main river and indicate the important of river transport and this part of Brushgrove village.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
These residences indicate the important of river transport and denote the location of Brushgrove's second punt and wharf.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Some of these residences are associated with the Henderson family who built a two storey shop on River street and several residences.
SHR Criteria g)
They are representative of the weatherboard houses built from 1890s to 1920s.
Integrity/Intactness: Residences have been altered.
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 Plan26,28,34,36,38,40 River Street Group of cottages 29 Feb 08 261329
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenSandra Connelly2005Brushgrove History - Notes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990145

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