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Homes For Unemployed Cottage

Item details

Name of item: Homes For Unemployed Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 46 Bertha Street, Merrylands, NSW 2160
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
46 Bertha StreetMerrylandsParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

House at 46 Bertha Street is of significance for the local area for historical and representativeness reasons. House was built late 1930s for the Homes of Unemployed Trust. The Trust had series of standardised designs, all of which complied with the building regulations. This is an example of the House type 5W. It is readily identifiable as part of historic building stock and is strongly contributing to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 05 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1930-
Physical description: Large single storey Federation cottage has weatherboard walls and gable corrugated iron roof. Verandah is now enclosed with fibro asbestos and aluminium windows. Front fence is made of weldmesh panels attached to pipe posts. Awnings above windows and front door is a flat fibro asbestos skillion roof on simple timber brackets.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Fair
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: Govt Printer Photo collection No. 25465, dated 4/1936, "Granville"; Homes for Unemployed Trust Report, 1937.


Historical notes: Built late 1930s by Homes for the Unemployed Trust. The Trust had series of standardised designs, all of which complied with the building regulations. In 1937, these houses usually cost œ250 to œ275 to build and were sold to eligible people on terms at 6 shillings per week. This is an example of the House type 5W designed for the Trust. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Built late 1930s for the Homes for the Unemployed Trust.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is rare.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
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 04921 Feb 97 20873

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993049Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240049

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