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McDougall Street Group

Item details

Name of item: McDougall Street Group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Primary address: 17-39 McDougall Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
17-39 McDougall StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A fine group of semi-detached houses which, through similarities in size, mass and materials, as well as style, present a consistent streetscape which, particularly in proportion, relates well to the street trees and formal parkland opposite. The buildings and aesthetics of the park combine to create the ambience of a European boulevard, which is itself a factor in the general cosmopolitan or international ambience of Kirribilli.

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: 05 Jul 13
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Physical description: Group of two storey Victorian Regency semi-detached houses with hipped terracotta tiled roofs, neo-Georgian detailing, a mixture of face brick and roughcast stucco, and verandahs to ground floor facades only as well as Federation Filigree terraces with slate roofs.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 17-19, 21-23, 25-27, 31-33, 35-39 McDougall Street


Historical notes: Land is part of 50 acres granted to James Milson in 1824. The head of Careening Cove was reclaimed by North Sydney Council in the early 1890's and subdivision of adjoining lands followed shortly afterwards. The houses 17-39 McDougall Street all date from around the turn of the century, 15-29 McDougall Street were built in 1905.

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]
Representative Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Local, Representative Local.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Associative Local, Representative Local.
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
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930107Tony 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: 2180107

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