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Bella Vista (Former Residence)

Item details

Name of item: Bella Vista (Former Residence)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 105 Crebert Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304
Local govt. area: Newcastle
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
105 Crebert StreetMayfieldNewcastle  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Bella Vista is historically and aesthetically significant as the grand home built for the General Manager of BHP in 1914, and for the long period of occupancy by GM Sir Essington Lewis. It is also aesthetically significant as an example of the work of leading local architects Pitt and Merewether. The home's sense of grandess is emphasised by the large size of its grounds and the avenues of mature trees. Most significantly, it is one of the last surviving examples a Mayfield mansion surviving with its large site remaining intact. It is also significant for its association with BHP and Essington Lewis. Internal fabric of note.
Date significance updated: 29 Oct 12
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Designer/Maker: Pitt and Merewether, Architects
Construction years: 1914-1914
Physical description: Large prestigious two storey residence in Federation Queen Anne style set on generous landscaped grounds - built for General Manager of BHP. The roof is clad in terracotta tiles and the walls are rendered stucco. There are a variety of mature tree species which enhance the setting of the buliding and further add to the sense of majesty associated with the house.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Appears to be in good condition.
Date condition updated:10 Jan 07
Modifications and dates: In 2005 the building was being used as a Function Centre.
Current use: Residence


Historical notes: This mansion was constructed as the Work Manager's House of BHP and was designed by prominent Newcastle architects Pitt and Merewether. Sir Essington Lewis spent a considerable period as occupant during his time as General Manager of BHP. When Queen Elizabeth II visited Newcastle in 1954 she stayed at Bella Vista. The grounds also feaured a croquet lawn and a terraced vegetable garden.

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 living in the suburbs-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Domestic life-Activities associated with creating, maintaining, living in and working around houses and institutions. (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I24615 Jun 12 64 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Newcastle Heritage Study199091Unknown  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2170091
File number: 91

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