Blackwood | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Blackwood
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 59 Milson Road, Cremorne Point, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
59 Milson RoadCremorne PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A substantial residence of it's era, this house displays a refined multi-hipped roofscape and reflects the post World war 1 settlement of Cremorne Point. The residence's scale, form and general detailing compliment the earlier Federation houses adjacent.

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: 21 Jun 11
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Designer/Maker: Peddle Thorp & Walker
Physical description: This large c1920 house has a symmetrical street elevation with projecting central gabled bay, and reflects an influence of the English Arts and Crafts Movement evident in the elevations, mitred hip roof and chimney design. Construction is of face brick with upper surfaces of pebble dash stucco. Intact except for the unsympathetic infilling of the front verandah whch has concealed the verandah timber balustrade and brackets and much of the building's architectural expression.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:21 Jun 11
Further information: 59, 61, 63, 67 Milson Road, Cremorne


Historical notes: Blackwood was designed by Peddle, Thorp and Walker for Mr and Mrs David Black and built about 1918. Mr Black was the Manager of Briscoes who were hardware (builders) merchants. It was a gentleman's residence with fine entrance hall, telephone cabinet and cloakroom with wash basin under the stairs, a butler's pantry and a linen room upstairs. The main rooms were of fine proportions with large dining room, lounge and study across the front with polished wood floors. There were three bedrooms upstairs two of them en suite and a large boxroom with sloping roof later to be used as a bedroom, with maid's bedroom downstairs.

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]
local significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
local 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 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 I011802 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931155Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB September 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenNBRS & Partners2011Statement of Heritage Impact

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181155

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