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Item details

Name of item: House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 48 Jeffreys Street, Kirribilli, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
48 Jeffreys StreetKirribilliNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A very good example of a three storey Victorian Filigree style terrace house, one of a group of four that provide an imposing streetscape. See Group listing NSHS0080. The interior is also of significance.

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 Feb 12
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Physical description: One of a three storey terrace of four houses (Nos. 44, 46, 48, 40 Jeffreys Street) with two-level verandahs and upper floor set-back. A three/four storey coursed rendered terrace house set above the street on a sandstone base with a basement level and steps up from the street. Two storey timber verandah set between flanking party walls with a cast iron lace balustrade and valance at both levels and a corrugated metal roof. Verandah has tessellated tiles at the ground floor. Skillion corrugated metal roof behind the front parapet with a render cornice. Part glazed French doors and fanlights to lower levels. Four pane double hung sash windows to the second floor with render architraves. Original room configuration is evident. Decorative features still evident including plasterwork, fireplaces, mantlepieces, staircases and joinery.
Four storey rear elevations with verandahs at the first floor. Gardens to rear with garaging to Broughton Street.

The original interior room configuration is still evident. Interior detailing includes marble fireplaces, joinery and decorative plasterwork.

This building is designed in the Victorian Filigree style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Rear extensions
Verandah mouldings removed
Further information: 18 - 56 Jeffreys Street, 38 Pitt Street, 41 - 45 Pitt Street, Kirribilli
Current use: Residential Private
Former use: State Themes: Urban Settlements; Building styles


Historical notes: See Group Card NSHS0080. These terraces are on land that is part of 1200 acres granted to Robert Ryan on 26 April 1800 (“laying and situated on the North side of the Harbour opposite Sydney Cove to be known by the name of Hunter’s Hill to be had free for five years’). The land was given for clearing and cultivation and would revert to His Majesty if not carried out within one year. The terraces were built in 1880.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
High local significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
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 locally.
Integrity/Intactness: High
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 I025402 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19931651Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB 17/3/92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Review2002 John Oultram  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2181651

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