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Victorian Villa - Lymerston, including interiors

Item details

Name of item: Victorian Villa - Lymerston, including interiors
Other name/s: Lymerston - Victorian villa; Sisters of Mercy Convent
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Convent/Nunnery
Primary address: 22 Hillcrest Street, Tempe, NSW 2044
Local govt. area: Marrickville
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
22 Hillcrest StreetTempeMarrickville  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This is one of the better examples of the large villas erected on the villa estates laid out between St. Peters and Tempe in 1830's. During the second half of the century a number of substantial houses were built in the area, but only a few remain.
Date significance updated: 10 Jan 12
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Physical description: This large, two storey, mid-Victorian villa features a semi-circular end bay from which verandahs lead back along the north-eastern facades. The windows to the bay are semi-circular, but all of the other openings have flat arches, with semi-circular glass panels to the French doors. The verandahs and balconies have cast iron balustrading, frieze and flat cast iron columns.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:01 Mar 99
Modifications and dates: A 1930s facebrick fence with metal post and rails above it has been added to the property. There is a recent structure near the street boundary and the roof has been tiled. Other than these, there are minor modifications to the building. In 2013 council granted consent to subdivide the subject site into four allotments, construct three by two storey attached dwellings fronting Way Street with each dwelling on a separate allotment, convert the existing dwelling house into a residential flat building containing four dwellings and construct a two dwelling house on the same allotment.
Current use: Convent ?
Former use: Residential (Lymerston)


Historical notes: Lymerston was built as the home of Mr. Richard Way, a Solicitor. It was located on one of the villa estates subdivided by Robert Campbell, the land being used as a market garden. The estate was subdivided in 1884 after the construction of the railway.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
SHR Criteria g)
Integrity/Intactness: The building is relatively intact and retains most of it's integrity.
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:

General maintenance


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanMarrickville LEP 2011I29812 Dec 11 2011/645 
Local Environmental PlanMarrickville Local Environmental Plan 2001 18 May 01 86 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Marrickville Heritage Study19864.24Fox and AssociatesNovember 1984 No
Marrickville Heritage Study Review19972030195Tropman & Tropman Architects1997-1999 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2030195
File number: 4.24

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