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Item details

Name of item: Sunnyside
Other name/s: Wyreepi, Kobadah Flats, Christian Brothers Home For Aged People
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Primary address: 40 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
40 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

One of a fine pair of large Victorian semi-detached townhouses with some Federation Filigree features in an elevated position commanding extensive views and front boundary wall. Most detailing on the interior and exterior appears intact .
Former residence of the Hon. Dugald Thomson from c1881 to c1904 when he moved to 'WYREEPI'
Holbrook Avenue now called 'Sunnyside'. Dugald Thomson was the member for North Sydney at the first Federal parliament in 1901. Was also used as a Christian Brothers Home for Aged People some time around the 1940s.

Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include information on landscape significance, interiors or the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are updated by Council as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conversation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Date significance updated: 04 Oct 19
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Physical description: One of a pair of two storey semi-detached terrace houses (Nos. 40 & 42 Carabella Street), painted brick gabled with a slate roof with a central pitched roof dormer. Timber verandah to the front set between flanking party walls with timber posts and a cast iron lace balustrade. Arch headed openings with decorative brackets and keystones and two panel double hung sash windows. One of a pair of two storey semi-detached houses (Nos. 40 & 42 Carabella Street), of rendered brick with semi-circular moulded arches to entry doors, cast-iron lace to verandahs and gabled roof. The roof was reclad in modern tiles and the upper verandahs clumsily infilled, however these works were reversed in 2011-2012.
The house is raised from the street with steps up from the front garden that has a cast iron palisade fence to the street on a low sandstone wall. The rear addresses a laneway with an exposed brick wall. There is an outbuilding attached to similar at No 42.

o This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition. Interior room configuration evident. Original ceilings including ceiling roses, joinery (doors, cupboards under stair, architraves etc) and fireplaces present. Original staircase present.
Major DA submitted 2011 to convert use from boarding house to single dwelling, including demolition of partition walls, toilet addition at rear and roof terrace with new addition at rear. Out building to be converted to entrance room off a new garage.
Date condition updated:15 Aug 11
Modifications and dates: Moderate modification. Roof tiled.
Dormer added
Verandah posts replaced
Brickwork painted
Further information: The house was originally in a cream, face brick. From 1881 to c1904 it was the residence of the Hon. Dugald Thomson, the Member for North Sydney in the first Federal Parliment in 1901.


Historical notes: From 1881 to c1904 it was the residence of the Hon. Dugald Thomson, the Member for North Sydney in the first Federal Parliment in 1901. It was converted to apartments some time between 1919-1920 and was renamed 'Kobadah Flats'. Some time prior to 1941 it became the 'Christian Brothers Home for Aged People'. Used as a boarding house until approx 2010. Reinstated as a single dwelling in 2010.

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. (none)-
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 (none)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Unsympathetic, some alterations
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 PlanSunnysideI019302 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930004Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Study Review1993 Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNSC0NSC & Borough of St. Leonard Rate Records
WrittenRod Howard & Associates2011Proposal for Alterations and Additions to 40 Carabella St, Kirribilli
WrittenRod Howard & Associates2010Statement of Heritage Impact

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: 2180004

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