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Item details

Name of item: Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 26 Farquhar Street, The Junction, NSW 2291
Local govt. area: Newcastle
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
26 Farquhar StreetThe JunctionNewcastle  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The residence at 26 Farquhar Street, The Junction, is significant for its historic and aesthetic qualities, being a large, well executed and intact example of the high quality houses constructed in the area during the late 19th and early 20th century. The fact that it retains most of its original features and materials unaltered, such as the slate roof, is particularly unusual. The large area of patterned brick pavers in the footpath adjacent the house add to its historic character. Possibly associated with the family of Frederick Ash.
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Physical description: A substantial and imposing single storey residence, constructed of face brickwork with a slate roof. The main street frontage is roughly symmetrical, and first impression is that the house has the classic cottage arrangement of two rooms either side of a central hall behind a front verandah. However the verandah warps around the northern side until it meets another projecting room with a hipped octagonal roof over a large bay window. A second set of entry steps and door exist at this point which match the front door, suggesting the building may have been designed to have a separate residential flat or business office. The south end of the verandah is terminated by a parapet wall, which appears awkward and unnecessary in the otherwise elegantly simple design. Detailing is minimal, but includes the curved timber valance boards to the verandah, and the detailed render mouldings to the chimneys and the dwarf walls beside the entry steps. The fence to the street appears original, with heavy timber posts and patterned timber pickets. Tessellated tiles to the entry path and patterned brick pavers to the footpath adjacent the residence are typical of the period though relatively rare surviving examples on this scale. The pavers also suggest a possible commercial use of the site. While the building is obviously from the Federation era, judged from the quality of the bricks, its relative lack of ornament in the brickwork, and the timber detailing, its overall form is much more typical of the Late Victorian period, particularly the roof, with its double-hipped form, concealed box gutter, and slate cladding.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Appears to be in good condition (observation from street only).
Date condition updated:27 Jun 05


Historical notes: This house was constructed in the latter half of 1913 for Alfred C. Ash, on land which had been purchased from Thomas Swain a few months earlier. Available records to not indicate whether there was a connection between Alfred Ash and the well known Newcastle family of the same name.

When this house was built, Farquhar Street was well developed with houses on the majority of allotments.

Following completion of the house it was rented to T. Rowles until mid-1920, when Alfred Ash took up residence. He lived in the house until the end of 1929, when it was sold to E. Williams, baker, of Kenrick Street. The house continues to serve as a private residence.

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. housing (suburbs)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Indicative of the higher quality houses constructed in this area during the late 19th and early 20th century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Possible association with the family of Frederick Ash, who operated a prominent chain of hardware stores in the region.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Prominent within the streetscape. An architectural style that was common in the area, of which this house is a particularly large, well executed and intact example. The large area of original patterned brick pavers in the footpath adjacent the house contribute to its historic character.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
None noted.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
None noted.
SHR Criteria f)
An unusually large and well executed example of this style of residential architecture. A rare surviving example of an original slate roof, and also a relatively late example of the use of slate for houses.
SHR Criteria g)
Typical residential construction in brick and timber from the early 20th century.
Integrity/Intactness: Appears basically intact including unpainted face brickwork, slate roof cladding, unpainted rendered mouldings to chimneys, decorative timber elements to verandah and fence, tessellated tiles to entry path, and patterned brick pavers to adjacent footpath.
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 Plan I61115 Jun 12 64 
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written  Newcastle City Council Rate & Assessment Books
Written  HDWB Rate Books
Written  Newspaper clippings files, NRL

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2173987

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