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Maclean Wharf Street Residence

Item details

Name of item: Maclean Wharf Street Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 12 Wharf Street, Maclean, NSW 2463
County: Clarence
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12 Wharf StreetMacleanClarence Valley ClarencePrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A late Victorian or early Federation weatherboard house close to the free Presbyterian Church and opposite the former Baptist manse. The house is one of the older homes in Wharf street and makes an important aesthetic contribution to the streetscape. Historically significant as the house was owned by Mrs Dunnett the first baker in Maclean and should be included on the Local Environment Plan.
Date significance updated: 30 Mar 06
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Builder/Maker: Frank J. Robertson
Physical description: An attractive double fronted late Victorian - Early Federation weatherboard house sited close to the Free Presbyterian Church. The house has a high pitched hipped iron roof, in short sheet iron, with an encircling skillion verandah and small quad gutters. The verandahs have a decorative cast iron valence and brackets. It also has double posts with decorative mouldings. The eastern verandah has been enclosed with fibro panels on the lower sections. The windows are original double hung timber. The garden contains some old crepe myrtles on its side boundary. A low plain picket fence separates the yard from the footpath. Interior not viewed
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Moderate. Minor maintenance work required.
Date condition updated:30 Mar 06
Modifications and dates: The verandah is enclosed and the house is now rented as two flats although it would appear to be a single dwelling. Despite these modification it is still substantially intact.
Further information: This cottage has wonderful potential for restoration.
Current use: Flats
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: The house was built for Mrs Dunnett, Maclean's first baker. No other history readily available.

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]
Further reseach is warrented on this cottage and its assocation with Mrs Dunnett.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This house is aesthetically significant to the streetscape of this historic precinct. Its physical characteristics are representative of the late Victorian -early Federation period which is further enhanced by its location in this historic street. Double fronted houses are rare in this streetscape and the level of detail would suggest Mrs Dunnett was a fairly sucessful owner.
SHR Criteria f)
This is possibly one of the oldest houses in Wharf Street and its double frontage design uncommon.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact. Modifications to the veranda. Interior not viewed.
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.

Recommended management:

This cottage would respond well to carefull restoration.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan     
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Maclean Heritage Study2006 Jane Gardiner  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1990316

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