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Admiralty House

Item details

Name of item: Admiralty House
Other name/s: Wotonga
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 109 Kirribilli Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
109 Kirribilli AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Historically very important, being associated with a succession of prominent Colonial administrators and businessmen, then became an Official Residence for the Royal Naval Commanders then Australian Governors General. One of the finest quality houses in Sydney, with a regency style expressed throughout various building periods. It occupies one of the most desirable locations and has maintained its original curtilage despite intrusions.

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Designer/Maker: J. Barney, colonial architect
Physical description: o This building is designed in the Victorian Regency style.

A large stone mansion with slate hipped-gable roof of two storeys with two storey verandah addressing the harbour view. The verandah has a colonnade of stone semi-circular arches to the ground floor and elaborate cast-iron balustrades to the upper. Double French Doors with full-length shutters open onto each verandah. Elaborate interior and furnishings. Remains on original curtilage, though Kirribilli House added on 5 acres in the east corner in 1855. Excellent Gatehouse gates and gardens, as well as boat landing and former Fort now Pool and Facilities.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:15 Oct 10


Historical notes: Land leased 1842 by Lieutenant Col J. G. N. Gibbes from Robert Campbell. House erected by 1844, purchased 1849. Sold to S. L. Travers, merchant in December 1851. Sold to Lieutenant Col George Barney in 1856. Some extensions done and Kirribilli Fort built, 1856. Sold to G. A. Lloyd in 1860. Extensions done. Occupied by Lasseters and Threlkelds, then R. Owen, then Mrs S. Wiltshire, until sold in 1874 to T. Cadell, MLC. Alteration made, then sold in 1885 to NSW Government for Royal Navy Admirals Residence. Remained so until 1913, then became Australian Government's Governor General's Sydney Residence. Second storey added in 1891-1892.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. (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 a)
[Historical significance]
Rare State. Associative State. Representative State.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Rare State. Associative State.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Rare State. Associative State.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare statewide. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide. This item is assessed as socially rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative regionally.
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
Regional Environmental Plan     
Local Environmental Plan I026302 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930103Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison17/3/92 Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180103

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