Ailsa | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Ailsa
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 33 Shellcove Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
33 Shellcove RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An imposing turn of the century residence retaining much of its period detailing intact. The house together with its neighbour Brent Knowle, dominate the eastern side of Kurraba Point, overlooking Shell Cove. See also under 'Shellcove Road Group' NSHS1246.

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Designer/Maker: B J Waterhouse
Physical description: The external surfaces are finished in rough cast stucco with drip moulds to window heads and finished at the sandstone base as a continuous flared string course. An Edwardian palm garden remains near the front door which is an asymmetrically designed entry featuring a balcony plus a bay window to the stair-landing. The variegated tiles appear to have replaced an original unglazed Marseilles tile. The celebrated eastern elevation has been altered in recent years; also portions of the interior.This building is designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Minor alteration
Modifications and dates: The variegated tiles appear to have replaced an original unglazed Marseilles tile. The celebrated eastern elevation has been altered in recent years; also portions of the interior.
Further information: 27, 29, 31, 31A, 33, 37, 39, 49 Shellcove Road, Neutral Bay


Historical notes: Built in 1908 for Capt. Robert Craig to a design by B J Waterhouse.

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 I069002 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931250Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181250

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