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Item details

Name of item: Burnleigh
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 48 Carabella Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
48 Carabella StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A rare, and relatively intact, example of mid Victorian house in the Regency style set prominently on terraced site in its original curtilage. Associated with a prominent local alderman and owned by one for nearly a century.

A rare example of a mid-Victorian house in its original curtilage. A fine substantial period dwelling which is associated with a local Alderman and which has been little altered. Owned by one family for nearly a century.

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: 30 Oct 13
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Physical description: Two storey stone and brick house with a hipped slate roof with terracotta tile cappings and stone chimneys with moulded cappings. Two storey timber verandah to the north on square timber posts with decorative timber brackets at the ground and first floor, a louvred timber valance and a cast iron lace balustrade. Side verandah at the first floor on timber brackets with a bullnose roof. Side elevation rendered brick garage and carport to rear. Very large terraced garden to the front with central sanstone steps and random rubble dry stone boundary wall. New cast iron palisade fence to Carabella Street on low sandstone with sandstone piers.
o This building is designed in the Victorian Regency style.

Two storey stone and brick house with hipped slate roof. Two storey verandah on north side. Mature garden and stone boundary wall.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: Insignificant additions and accretions at the rear of the house.
Further information: A rare survivor of the large Victorian houses that once dotted the area.


Historical notes: Built 1874 for Nicholas McBurney, a Writing Clerk and Alderman on the first Council for North Sydney in 1890. He was bankrupted in 1893 and the property passed to his wife. It remained in family ownership until 1971 and the property has remained intact to the present day.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High regional significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
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: Sympathetic, intactness is high (recently refurbished) outbuildings.
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 PlanNorth Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013I019602 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930014Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 16/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180014

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