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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 60 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
60 Willoughby StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A simply detailed but elegant Federation cottage which occupies a prominent position overlooking the waterfront. It has an expanded curtilage overlooking the theatre and harbour. Important relic of the former maritime industrial character of the area in its size, aspect and materials. Its age and style record the subdivision and sale of the Milson property. The landscape setting and interior also contribute to its significance.

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: 06 Aug 12
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Physical description: o This building is designed in the Federation Bungalow style.

One and a half storey house on sloping site with hipped corrugated-iron roof and weatherboard walls on a brick walled lower floor. Three facet bay windows, projecting gable end to the street frontage and an encircling verandah to the upper floor carried on timber posts with curved brackets and timber balustrade are features. Fine aspect towards the waterfront.
The interior retains decorative features such as fireplaces, joinery and plaster cornices. The subfloor and attic have been convered for additional habitable space.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 58 Willoughby Street


Historical notes: Land part of Grant to James Milson in 1824. Subdivided largely in 1890s and 1900s for residential housing, following the reclamation of the head of the Cove in 1890-1894.

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]
Associative Local, Representative Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Associative Local, Representative Regional.
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 regionally. 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 I029802 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930155Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2007 Architectus in association with John Oultram Heritage and Design  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180155

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