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North Sydney Council Chambers

Item details

Name of item: North Sydney Council Chambers
Other name/s: (Including fountain in park adjacent to Council Chambers)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Government and Administration
Category: Council Chambers
Primary address: 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
200 Miller StreetNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Important example of it's style in a prominent corner location. Associated with early medical practice and was significant local hospital at one stage. Later associations as Council Chambers and generally an important local public building. Work of significant local architect. (see also form 1422 for details on the Wyllie Wing).

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Designer/Maker: E. Jeaffreson Jackson,
Physical description: Two storey brick building with hipped and gabled terracotta tiled roof. Upper floor roughcast rendered. Nine pane upper sash double-hung windows. Parapets to gable ends with semi-circular motif above narrow tall ventilator openings. Ground floor has three brick segmental arches over window openings. Entrance porch rough-cast rendered with face brick rectangular parapet and semi-circular arch. Side walls of porch have circular windows articulated in face brick.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration
Modifications and dates: Extensive modifications have been carried out throughout the twentieth century. The Wyllie Wing, in McLaren Street, designed by Harry Seidler, was opened in 1977 (see heritage inventory sheet 1422)
Further information: Wyllie Wing (1422)


Historical notes: The site was the 1870 home of James Husband and family. A new house, designed by E. Jeaffreson Jackson, was owned by Dr. Capper and his mother. From this a hand-carved mantelpiece remains in the front building. It was used at times as a home and hospital. Remodelled, this was opened in 1926 by the Rt. Ho. W.M. Hughes as the Council Chambers, enlarged again in 1938. The northern end was burnt out in 1976, restored and re-opened in 1978. The Wyllie Wing, in McLaren Street, designed by Harry Seidler, was completed in 1977 (see 1422)

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)-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative regionally.
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 I090202 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930851Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180851

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