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The Priory

Item details

Name of item: The Priory
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 5 Priory Road, Waverton, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
5 Priory RoadWavertonNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Remains of original house are important relics of a significant early mansion owned by a significant colonial identity. One of the earliest surviving structures on the North Shore. Significant land parcel, affecting local development patterns. One of the earliest excisions of land from the Berry Estate. The interior is of 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: 17 Feb 12
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Physical description: Two storey house comprising ashlar sandstone ground floor and rendered brick gable-roofed upper storey with slate tiles. Weatherboards to central gable end and timber posts and balustrades to upper floor verandah. Original joinery survives in the interior of the ground floor sandstone 1840 section of the house. Fireplaces, joinery and decorative ceilings evident. This building is designed in the Federation Filigree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:


Historical notes: Original house Georgian one storey 1840 with Edwardian and Victorian alteration - two-storey. The property was leased from Alexander Berry by George Barney (1792-1862), Commander of the Royal Engineers (designer of the Victoria Barracks and other early colonial buildings), in 1836, and purchased in 1840. During his ownership the house was single-storeyed, with outbuildings and stables set in extensive grounds and the entrance was from Bay Road. The house had stone cellars and eight rooms. In 1914 another storey was added with a balcony with Federation style wooden decoration. Now subdivided into flats.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
2. Peopling-Peopling the continent Convict-Activities relating to incarceration, transport, reform, accommodation and working during the convict period in NSW (1788-1850) - does not include activities associated with the conviction of persons in NSW that are unrelated to the imperial 'convict system': use the theme of Law & Order for such activities (none)-
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]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Local Significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically 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
Local Environmental Plan I107702 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930768Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180768

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