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Westmeath, House

Item details

Name of item: Westmeath, House
Type of item: Built
Primary address: 56 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


Property boundary
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Bradleys Head RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

An unusual example of the Queen Anne style this large residence is a prominent feature on the Bradley's Head Road streetscape. It is associated with an important public figure in Mosman's history. The recent history is evidence of successful conservation.
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Designer/Maker: Not known
Builder/Maker: W H Smith
Physical description: Federation Queen Anne. A two-storey face brick residence with an eclectic mix of building elements. The complex slate roof is basically hipped with a broken-back form over the verandahs. The verandah roof becomes a window hood as it wraps around the octagonal corner turret which dominates the house with its large turret roof. A street facing gable is partly screened by the verandah roof. The walls are equally interesting with roughcast string courses and cement rendered, cuvilinear window sills on the turret. The upper end of the verandah is enclosed above the shingled apron with sashes having top and bottom rows of coloured glass panes. The low stone fence has had new piers added.


Historical notes: Built in 1915 by W H Smith, a Mayor of Mosman and partner of S.H. Cabban. These two entrepreneurs acquired 170 allotments along Bradleys Head Road and adjoining streets, and proceeded to erect many of the houses still standing in this area. The residence was later divided internally for flats and remained that way until recently, when the present owner returned it to a single family residence.
Additional notes provided by owners (January 1998):- House built in 1907, as indicated by date written on chimney. Prior to current owners, the house was owned by the Lowe family. Mr Norman Lowe was the Aide de Corp to the then King of Siam. The Royal Family of Siam stayed in this house during the 1920s - 1930s when they visited Sydney, and the current second bedroom was the King's bedroom when in residence.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is aesthetically representative locally. This item is historically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: 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 PlanWestmeath, House 09 Dec 11 41 
Within a conservation area on an LEPBradleys Head Road Conservation Area (HCA No 1) 23 Feb 01 41 
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed G&M   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0077 RI/CK No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060077
File number: 077

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