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Edward Street Group

Item details

Name of item: Edward Street Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 49-67 Edward Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
49-67 Edward StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An excellent and intact group of modest Federation Queen Anne Style cottages, well detailed in brick and timber. Example of turn of the century residential development, with No's 51-67 being virtually identical and No. 49 very similar. Relic of the subdivision of the 'Doohat', formerly, 'Pictonville' estate.

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Physical description: A group of nine face brick asymetrically planned Federation style cottages. Each has an entrance via a delicate verandah porch abutting a splayed bay window containing arched window opening with multi-paned transomes. Roofs are of Marseilles pattern terracotta tile, having stepped shingle gable ends bracketted over the bay window. Timber frame windows are generally casement to the front and double hung sash elsewhere. Face brick chimneys with terracotta pots at each end of roofs. All in generally good condition and intact, excepting No. 57 which has been altered by render and paint and an unsympathetic carport and fence. No. 49 is a separately designed house with similar detailing. It lacks the splayed bay window with arched opening, it's gable ends are shingled and it has frontages to two streets. This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:


Historical notes: Land originally part of grant to Edward Wollstonecraft, passed to his sister. Elizabeth Berry, then to Alexander Berry on her death in 1845. Five and a half acres purchased by Captain R.F. Pockley and large house, 'Pictonville' erected. Sold to Mr. Francis Adams, Manager of the A.J.S. Bank, in 1884 and renamed 'Doohat'. Subdivided circa 1900 for residential development.

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 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
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930770Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Study Review1993 Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180770

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