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Luna Park - Coney Island

Item details

Name of item: Luna Park - Coney Island
Other name/s: Funny Land
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Recreation and Entertainment
Category: Other - Recreation & Entertainment
Primary address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Olympic DriveMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address
North End of Luna Park SiteMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Located on site of part of Second Lavender Bay Rail Station. Second-largest original Luna Park structure. Regarded as culmination of Luna Park experience. Scenic importance both from within the park and from harbour and McMahons Point. Retains important built-in original features, e.g. murals by Luna Park artists, slides. See also Group Listing NSHS0269.

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Designer/Maker: Luna Park Artists Rupert Browne
Builder/Maker: Stuart Bros
Physical description: Large single-cell double-storey height utilitarian structure ingeniously decorated as Moorish Extravaganza. Entrance facade dominated by elaborate twin pylons with ensemble of arches and signs. Dominated by large Russian 'Onion' Dome at southern end. Assertive Pseudo-Moorish Theme continues on west (harbour) facade and part of south, with minarets, grilles etc. Multi-coloured and illuminated accents to exteriors. Wharf and waterside concourse below west end. Fully restored to original design, including colour schemes and signage for re-opening in January 1995. Coney Island contains a many and numerous representative artworks and murals by Arthur Barton which were either restored and recreated for the reopening of the Park in 1995. The slides, barrels, turkey trot, joy wheel, air blasts, sliding boards, etc. have all been restored or reinstated.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Broad concrete escape stairs eastwards up to Glen Street added an approximate alignment of rail escalator/concourse complex, of which a concrete base survives.
Further information: See Group Listing NSHS0269
Former use: State Themes: Cultural and social life. Leisure. The transport network.


Historical notes: Designed by Rupert Brown for 1935 opening of Luna Park, built by Stuart Bros, at southern end of the Second Lavender Bay Railway Station, on approximate alignment of escalators and ramped concourse up to Glen Street Tram Terminus. Remnants of these earlier structures survive underneath Coney Island. Original rides and murals by Luna Park artists Rupert Brown, Arthur Barton survive and artists Richard Liney, Peter Kingston, Ashley Taylor, Dick Weight, and Rob Ricketson were involved the restoration and recreation of art works to restore the original atmosphere of Coney Island.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (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.
Integrity/Intactness: Unsympathetic
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 I053602 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930283Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonRM 28/8/90 Date Amended: 6/6/95 Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180283

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