Honda | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Honda
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 55 Shellcove Road, Kurraba Point, NSW 2089
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
55 Shellcove RoadKurraba PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

One of a collection of picturesque Gothic harbourside mansions of the mid-nineteenth century. The first house in its vicinity and one of the first residential developments of the grant to Alfred Thrupp. Associated with a number of prominent colonial bureaucrats of the mid-nineteenth century. One of the earliest surviving houses on the northshore.

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Physical description: A single storey ashlar stone house with attic rooms to steep-pitched slate clad gable roofs. Corrugated - iron verandah roofs are carried on classical columns, decorative timber bargeboards and tall stone chimneys are featured. This building is designed in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Major Alteration
Modifications and dates: The house has been extensively refurbished during 1991 and 1992.


Historical notes: Land granted to Alfred Thrupp and acquired by Cooper and Levey, Merchants in 1827 and subsequently wholly acquired by the Cooper family. First leasehold and property sale in 1858 to Francis Grundy, who built 'Honda' at the head of Shellcove. House subsequently acquired by E O Moriarty, prominent in the Harbours and Rivers Department in 1862, followed by a solicitor, Mr Shepherd in 1864 and in 1865, the property was purchased by W C Bennett, Commissioner for Roads and Bridges. The house was enlarged and the family renamed till 1889.

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 regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative regionally.
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 I069702 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931299Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB Oct 92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181299

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