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Item details

Name of item: Vanduara
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 10 Elamang Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
10 Elamang AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A very good example of a large two storey, Federation style house set prominently above the street in a large, terraced garden setting with elaborate detailing and massing.
Continues local tradition of large mansion-type development. The interior retains original decorative fabric.

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: 28 Aug 12
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Designer/Maker: James Robertson
Builder/Maker: James Robertson
Physical description: A large two storey, multi gabled brick house on a stone base set high above the road with an extensive garden setting. Terracotta tile roof with half-timbered upper gables on brackets and chimneys with sandstone cappings. Projecting sandstone verandah to the front with terracotta tile roof on turned timber columns with painted brick beyond, Faceted bay doors to the verandah with faceted bay windows above.Leadlights. Side pitched roof porch on turned timber columns with swept timber valance.
Large terraced garden to the front with sandstone steps and a high sandstone retaining wall to the street with integrated single, and double garages with moulded flat pediments. High palm tree and high Yew hedge to the front. The house has commanding views over the harbour.
- The interior is very intact and of high standard rare in North Sydney. It retains original joinery (including skirtings, doors, architraves, fretwork, fixed window seats, columns, mantle pieces), leadlights/skylight, domed ceiling in the reception area, decorative patterned ceilings, marble fireplaces.
O This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.

Two storey brick house on stone basement with multi-gabled terracotta tile roof. The building has faceted bay windows, turned timber verandah posts and occupies an elevated site overlooking Careering Cove.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good
Highly intact interior
Date condition updated:28 Aug 12
Modifications and dates: Verandah brickwork has been painted and garages added. Swimming pool in front garden area.
Further information: Converted to a boarding house in the 1930s
Current use: Residential -private dwelling
Former use: Boarding house 1930s


Historical notes: Land part of original property of 'Elemang'; subdivided and sold after the death of James Milson in 1903.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Associative Regional. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Regional. Representative State.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
SHR Criteria f)
It is of rare significance
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 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 I021402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930092Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison17/3/92 Date Amended: 7.3.96 (C. Kemp); Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAndrew Starr & Associates Heritage Consultants2012Vanduara 10 Elamang Aveneue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180092

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