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Item details

Name of item: Bovington
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 66 Shellcove Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66 Shellcove RoadNeutral BayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Bovington was designed by the prominent late nineteenth century architect W. L. Vernon soon after his arrival from England, and shows the early use in Australia of features of the later nineteenth century Queen Anne revival style, such as roughcast render and intricate decorative brickwork. It was one of a number of houses which Vernon designed in the Neutral Bay area before he became Government Architect, of which few survive. It is in good and intact condition.

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Construction years: 1886-1887
Physical description: Bovington is a two storey house in a restrained version of the Queen Anne style. It is built of brick with a slate roof, the upper floor being rough-cast with exposed brick dressings. The base course is of dressed stone, and there are projecting brick surrounds to the windows, brick arches and ornamental pediments over some openings. The house is three bays wide by two bays deep with a single storey verandah across the front and down one side. Bays in the principal rooms break into the verandah and above are balconies which give the house an apparent asymmetrical form. The plan is traditional with four rooms on each floor about a central hall which contains the stair at the back. Across the back is a weatherboard range which houses cloak room, laundry, pantry and at mezzanine level a bathroom.This building is designed in the Federation Queen Anne style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Current use: residential
Former use: residential


Historical notes: The house was built c1887 for Captain William Henry Moseley, to the design of Wardell and Vernon. It was one of a number of houses which W. L Vernon designed in Neutral Bay in the period before he became Government Architect. Many of the Neutral Bay Land Company Estate houses were named for picturesque Chiltern villages near where Vernon grew up; Bovington is a village in Sussex with a church designed by the Habershon & Pite (Vernon had been articled to achitect William Gilbee Habershon at the beginning of his career in England).

Mrs Mosely ran a 'high-class School for young ladies' from the house in the 1890s. In 1919 the property was bought by Jessie Cameron whose family held it until 1987.

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)-
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (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 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 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 PlanBovingtonI070002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEPCA 03 - Cremorne 13 Sep 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931220Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB October 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: 2181220

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