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Kirribilli House

Item details

Name of item: Kirribilli House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 111 Kirribilli Avenue, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
111 Kirribilli AvenueKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A picturesque Gothic mansion of the 1850's sited on a prominent peninsula site with grand views of Sydney Harbour. Associated with prominent Colonial merchants, the activities of Admiralty House and numerous eminent guests and Prime Ministers of Australia. One of a group of such mansions around the foreshores of the Harbour. One of the best known and most affectionately regarded houses in Sydney.

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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style.

A two storey stone house with multi-gabled slate roof, with decorative timber bargeboards, prominent chimneys, and steep pitches to the gables. Windows are generally six-pane sash windows, most of which have louvered shutters. Set in landscaped garden.
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Historical notes: Land part of lease/sale of Admiralty House (Wotonga) from Robert Campbell to Lieutenant Col Gibbes. Sold 1854 by Lindsay Travers to Adolf Feez, being 5 acres, and the house built 1855. Various owners until 1919 when sold and subdivision proposed, inspiring Commonwealth Government rescription in January 1920. Used for additional Accommodation for Admiralty House until 1958 when refurbished for use as Prime Ministerial residence.

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 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. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially 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 I026402 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930104Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180104

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