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Item details

Name of item: Copes Lookout
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Recreation and Entertainment
Category: Lookout
Primary address: Jeffreys Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Jeffreys StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Important public space and popular lookout. Interesting depression-era landscaping and moulded concrete balustrades. Associated with early transport links across the harbour.

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Physical description: A section of grassed reserve sloping down from Kirribilli Avenue to the Waterfront adjacent to and incorporating the access to the Jeffreys Street ferry wharf. There are terraced sections enclosed by hand-moulded concrete walls and balustrades and a section of rock garden at the lower end.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: Some sections of landscaped terraces damaged by work associated with construction of the Harbour Tunnel.


Historical notes: Site of Milson's Point Vehicular and Ferry Dock from 1925 to 1933 whilst the Harbour Bridge was under construction.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Events-Activities and processes that mark the consequences of natural and cultural occurences (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: _
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 I025602 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930079Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTony Brassil 19/3/93 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180079

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