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Item details

Name of item: Ildemere
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 11 Bayview Street, Lavender Bay - McMahons Point, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
11 Bayview StreetLavender Bay - McMahons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine example of Victorian waterfront mansion with individual details of particular interest. Important as the last of the type along this foreshore especially as it's waterfrontage and boatshed are intact. Significant garden. Associated with prominent Sydney jeweller and resident. Visually prominent from the water which is it's dominant aspect.

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Physical description: oThis building is designed in the Victorian Filligree Style.

Architectural evidence suggests an 1880s house with Federation period extensions. A two-storey brick building, rendered to imitate ashlar on the main (east) side; colonial bond painted brick with boxed eaves on north side; 2 storey south section of Edwardian character of stretcher bond painted brick with exposed rafters. Complex iron roof and corbelled brick chimneys. Windows variously round-arched and double hung, or casement; south side has a large Edwardian round arched window. Facetted bay front on the eastern side. 2 storey verandah to front and side with cast iron posts, balustrade, brackets and valances, has a terrazzo floor in which are inlaid a swastika, a German coat of arms, and the name Ildemere in front of the front door. The house has an excellent mature terraced garden and a two storey weatherboard boatshed (shown in a 1911 photo).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration. Sympathetic.
Date condition updated:07 Oct 98
Modifications and dates: Weatherboard boatshed has been altered, including the addition of windows in the north side. There is also a smaller boatshed of fibro and corrugated iron, probably built to cover a pre-existing slipway.


Historical notes: John Carr of Sydney, ship chandler, sold the property to Edwin Maximilian Dietrich, jeweller, in 1879. The house was built c1879 and Dietrich occupied it until 1897. It was owned by William Percy Maschwitz from 1897 to 1906, and by C W Gaden from 1906. Additions including the terrazzo verandah floor with it's swastika and coat of arms were probably made by Dietrich in the 1890s, as the coat of arms resembles a Dietrich coat of arms shown in Planches de l'armorial generale de J B Reitstap. There is some slight evidence that the c1879 work may have been by architect David McBeath. There is no evidence that the building was ever a German Consulate. (Research by W Chapman March 1985).

Don Bradman, renowned Australian cricketer lived at Ildemere from 1932 - 1934. The Bradmans rented the downstairs area of the house from the Allans who were the owners at that time.

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]
Rare Local. Associative Regional. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Rare Local. Associative Regional. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
. Associative Regional. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: Sympathetic
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 I031502 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930527Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180527

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