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Araluen House

Item details

Name of item: Araluen House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 71 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
71 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Significant example of large domestic residence from the turn of the century. Important (with No. 69 adjacent) as contrast to smaller-scale developments of the period. Good intact example of its style and in a prominent location. Front facades faces harbour whilst a secondary, but also important facade faces Carabella Street. Element in large mansion tradition of the locality. Interior also of significance and the gardens on the eastern side of the building.
This building is associated with the Loreto Sisters.

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: 12 Sep 18
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Designer/Maker: James Peddle
Physical description: This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.

Two storey brick house with multi-gables, projecting three faceted bays, hipped and gabled slate roof with iron ridge caps. Shingle walling to octagonal turret and some wall areas.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration. Ground level room configuration evident. First level modified by addition of robes. Lift added DA 358/09.
Date condition updated:15 Aug 11
Modifications and dates: A brick extension was added to the east side, with a slate hipped roof and simple but sympathetic detailing
Further information: 69 Carabella Street. Setback addressing Carabella St is unsympathetically paved. Any new development should improve the streetscape setting with additional plantings and less pavement.
Current use: Convent
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: Built early in the twentieth century to the design of James Peddle as a private residence with servants quarters. Acquired by the adjacent Loreto Convent School and reused as convent. Used as a music centre from 1975. In 1980 it was extended to provide accommodation for the sisters, staff rooms and music rooms.

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)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Associative State, Representative Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Regional, Representative State.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local, Representative Regional. For its importance with the Catholic Church.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative statewide. This item is assessed as socially representative regionally.
Integrity/Intactness: Sympathetic
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 I020302 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930007Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenScott Robinson of Robertson & Hindmarsh P/L Architects2009Statement of Heritage Impact

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180007

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