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Perth House and Stables And Potential Archaeological Site

Item details

Name of item: Perth House and Stables And Potential Archaeological Site
Other name/s: Rose Cottage, Convict Hut
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 85 George Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
Parish: St John
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT10 DP814413
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
85 George StreetParramattaParramattaSt JohnCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Association with notable events or people - Houses associated with notable people. Site possesses potential to contribute to an understanding of early urban development in Parramatta. Professional, trade and manufacturing practice - example of an intact house.
Date significance updated: 05 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1841-
Physical description: Single storey Colonial/Victorian Georgian residence with a hipped roof to a central block with encircling verandahs. Constructed of coursed and dressed sandstone blocks with quoins 2 courses deep. The spacing of the Doric moulded square timber verandah pots is unusual. The verandah is paved with stone. Small paned sash windows and a 6 panelled door with fanlight. Generous grounds and plantings. Cedar joinery. Two -storey stone out-building at the rear. Archaeological Site: AZP Cross Reference: PC 71 National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Fabric: Sandstone walls with slate roof with metal ridge capping. Roof Construction: U-shaped hip roof with two wings projecting to the rear joined by a central boxed gutter. Chimneys: Sandstone chimney with step. Verandah: Skillion slate roof with hip corners over verandah which encircles house with main entrance at rear. Verandah Floor: Sandstone flagging in diamond pattern. Verandah Supports: Timber posts stop chamfered with incised Greek pattern decoration at top of each post.. Verandah Decoration: Window Sill: Sandstone. Exterior Doors: Transom light and half sidelights flank early Colonial six panel timber with paterie decoration in each corner of each panel.. Fence: Low sandstone wall. Garden: Mature Moreton Bay fig on boundary of N0.85 and 83. Archit Style: Victorian Georgian single-storey cottage and stables. Front Door: Transom light above early Colonial six panel timber. Main entrance at rear. Other Features: Very early brick barrel drain (c.1830s) runs along driveway and branches off towards St. Johns Cathedral.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: CPS, NTL RNE


Historical notes: Built 1841 by James Houison for George Oakes, a landholder of the Parramatta district and State Parliamentarian. Archaeological Site Data Convict Allotments:. 1823 return: "Goverment". 1823 Lease: none. Grant: George Oakes. Sec 17 Allt 2. Sites of Buildings: C1792 map: convict allotment?. c1804 map: building. 1823 map: building. 1844 map: building of wood. Extant building: post 1844 building "Perth House" and outbuildings, brick barrel drain. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Built for George Oakes, Parliamentarian and first representative for the people of Parramatta. | Possibly first named Rose Cottage. | SD 1932: Weekes, Mrs A., boardinghouse. | SD 1929: Weekes, Mrs Annie., boardinghouse. | SD 1925: Cox, Walter M | SD 1920: Cox, Walter M. | SD 1918: Cox, Walter M | SD 1912: Cox, Walter M | PCC RO 1914: N0. Sec, lots. Parra. | SD1910: Holdsworth, J. Burdekin | SD1909: Holdsworth, J. Burdekin | PCC RB 1879: N0.210: Oakes, George owner. Castner, John L. occupier. | Stone house, 75 pounds. | PCC RB 1872: N0.169: Oakes, George owner. Oakes, Charles occupier. | Stone house, 60 pounds. | PCC Assess of Land owners & Occupier 1865: N0.155: George Oakes Owner & occupier. | Stone house 8 rooms, 95 pounds.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically significant.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is technically or scientifically 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
Regional Environmental PlanREP No 2821120 Aug 99 956161
Archaeological zoning planFP379183, SP19718 (convict/Perth H/brk drain)PC 71   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993211Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240211
File number: HC 32408, S90/05897

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