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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 42 Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft, NSW 2065
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
42 Shirley RoadWollstonecraftNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine example of a restrained Arts and Crafts style residence, well-balanced and simply detailed. Typical of the type of development of the period in the vicinity and complements a numberof fine buildings of similar style nearby. Has historical associations with the Gowings Bros family and Charles John Fenwick, who was associated with the Fenwick Tug Boat Company.

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: 18 Mar 11
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Physical description: Two storey roughcast rendered brick house with hipped gable slate roof. Features include eyelid dormer window, roofline extended to ground floor level on side elevations, deeply shaded ground floor verandah and bracketed projecting window frames. Garden intact. This building was designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor Alteration
Modifications and dates: During the occupancy of Mr. Morgan 1951-1954, he enclosed and roofed the originally open deck at the rear upper level of the house, and installed window opening mechanisms used in the Humber Super Snipe (note Morgan worked for McGrath Motors). PDA - 13/10/98 - Carport unsympathetic.
Added: Battened ceilings, verandah with tongue and groove ceiling.
Current use: Residential


Historical notes: The land was originally part of the Berry Estate. The land was purchased by Mrs. Mary Gowing (one of the Gowings Bros family) in 1915, and the Council's Rates Books record the house, called 'Cranley', being on the site in 1916. In 1933, on Mary Gowing's death, the property was purchased by Charles John Fenwick. Charles John Fenwick was the grandson of James Fenwick, who with his brother Thomas Fenwick, founded of the Fenwick Tug Boat Company, which still operates out of East Balmain. Charles John Fenwick was associated with the Fenwick Tug Boat Company throughout his life.He occupied the house from 1933-1951. His sister married Gordon Reginald Morgan in 1951, who lived there till 1954.

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]
Asssociative Local. Representative Local.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Asssociative Regional. Representative Regional.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Asssociative Local. Representative Local.
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: 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 I111002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930947Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180947

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