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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 15-17 Bertha Road, Cremorne, NSW 2090
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
15-17 Bertha RoadCremorneNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

An unusual Federation house which demonstrates variety and experimentation within the design ethic of the period, and which would be amongst the earliest applications of flat-roof design for domestic architecture in Sydney. It is related to its neighbour, 58 Murdoch Street, forming a design pair. Both houses are believed to be designed by the same architect, H.A. Wilshire, possibly as residences for his own family.

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Designer/Maker: H.A. Wilshire
Physical description: A face brick, two storey Federation house whose striking feature is its flat roof surmounted by a rooftop room of plain white walls. The house features projecting, triple casement windows with flat hoods and console brackets to sills. Eaves throughout are all similarly detailed, with prominent exposed rafters. The entry porch is contained within a building corner and has restrained decorative timberwork and features a circular window. The roof is surrounded by a white timber picket balustrade between painted brick posts. This building is designed in the Federation Arts & Crafts style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: 58 Murdoch Street, Cremorne


Historical notes: Believed to be built circa 1908, possibly directly associated with the adjacent No. 58 Murdoch Street. Both houses are believed to be designed by Harry A. Wilshire as a Federation era experiment in flat-roof design. Two households with the surname Wilshire are recorded living in Bertha Road in 1900-1915 period. Harry A. Wilshire was one of the Federation era architects known for designing flat-roofed houses following the promotion of flat-roofed house designs in 'Art & Architecture' circa 1905-1910 by the influential Sydney architect George Sydney Jones.

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 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.
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 I003702 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Study 201405Godden Mackay Pty. Ltd.T.B. 6/95 No
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181405

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