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Athol Gardens Dance Hall and Wharf Remains

Item details

Name of item: Athol Gardens Dance Hall and Wharf Remains
Type of item: Complex / Group
Primary address: Sydney Harbour National Park Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW 2088
Parish: Willoughby
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Mosman


Property boundary , including waterfront
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Sydney Harbour National Park Bradleys Head RoadMosmanMosmanWilloughbyCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Athol Gardens Hotel is an attractive, modest building in a landscaped setting which provides evidence of the continuing use of Sydney Harbour for recreation. It is one of the early Harbourside sites developed for recreation, an early example of a functioning dance hall which retains a setting similar to its original context and it is the most substantial remnant of the "pleasure gardens" phase of the mid-Nineteenth Century social life in Sydney.
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Designer/Maker: Not known
Builder/Maker: Not known
Physical description: A weatherboard timber framed building with sandstone footings. Built in the 1850's, it is one of Mosman's oldest remaining buildings and it sits within remnant sculptured gardens surrounded by bushland. Associated with the hall is a dilapidated sandstone jetty which was originally the primary means of access to the Hotel.


Historical notes: Built in the 1850's it remains one of the oldest buildings in the Mosman area. It was built for recreational purposes and served as a hotel and dance hall. Set amongst natural bushland it retains both its recreational purpose and the bush around it. Associated with the hall is a ruined wharf that originally linked Athol Gardens to Circular Quay via a ferry service.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is aesthetically representative regionally. This item is historically representative regionally. This item is scientifically representative locally. This item is socially 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
Regional Environmental PlanAthol Gardens Dance Hall and Wharf remainsSREP 23   
Local Environmental PlanAthol Gardens Dance Hall and Wharf Remains 09 Dec 11 41 
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed G&M   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Pittwater Road Review2001 Kim Ketelby  Yes
 0491 TB No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2060491
File number: 491

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