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Short Street Group

Item details

Name of item: Short Street Group
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 2, 4, 6 Short Street, Wentworthville, NSW 2145
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT5 DP165715
LOT21 DP72142
LOT22 DP72142
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2, 4, 6 Short StreetWentworthvilleParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The group of cottages at 2, 4 and 6 Short Street are of significance for the local area for historical and aesthetic reasons, for their association with notable local manufacturer, W. R. R. Shannon who built them, and as representative examples of Federation Arts and Crafts cottages in the area. The houses, built c. 1916, make an important contribution to the streetscape, being readily identifiable as part of the historic building stock in the area. No.4 is additionally associated with Alfred McClelland, MP, who resided in it since 1920 until his death.
Date significance updated: 08 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1916-
Physical description: Group of three single storey late Federation brick cottages. Nos. 2 and 4 are double fronted dwellings with gablet roofs clad with Marseilles tiles, windows with hoods covered with terracotta shingles, and brick front fences. Fence walls and piers are joined by scrolled wrought iron panels, and have wrought iron gates. No. 2 has twin tall palm trees in front garden. No. 4 has unusual terracotta gable decoration. No. 6 is a double fronted brick cottage with twin Norfolk pines in front. All the three have tuck pointed brick walls, hip roofs with projecting gable to street elevation with bay window below each gable. Chimneys are tall, rendered brick, with squat terracotta pots. Verandahs with Marseille tiled roofs across front to projecting gable(s) extending from main gable(s), with concrete floors with slate steps. Verandah supports are paired timber posts set on brick piers; Nos. 2 and 4 have balustrades with rendered coping. Verandahs are decorated with curved timber brackets. Windows have sloping bullnose brick sills and timber shingled awnings above bay windows. Front doors have transom lights and half sidelights, flanking timber doors with trapezoid glazed panels above lock rails, with three vertical panels below. No. 6 also has French doors with coloured glazed top panels.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: Subd plans (ML) - Toongabbie; LTO Old System Title search; C. T. 3009 f. 220; C. T. 3111 f. 167; J. Rydon, Biographical Register Commonwealth Parlt, 1975, 140; Radi & Spearritt, Biographical Register of NSW Parlt, 173.


Historical notes: Land auctioned as Darcyville Estate in November 1886. These allotments were purchased by William Robert Reid Shannon, tile manufacturer of Wentworthville in 1915 and 1916. He built the cottages located on these allotments. No. 4 was transferred on September 1920 to Alfred McClelland, M. P. from Tamworth. He appears to have died in this cottage, He is the father of Senator Douglas McClelland, who appears to have been born and raised in this house. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Land auctioned as the Darceyville Estate in November 1886. These allotments were purchased by William Robert Reid Shannon, the manufacturer of Wentworthville in 1915 and 1916. He buuilt these cottages. N0 4 was purchased by Alfred McCelland, MP from Tamworth in 1920. He appears to have died here . | | Significance: | Private housing built by notable manufacturer, W.R.R.Shannon | Associated with notable persons.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This item has a significant level of association
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically significant
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 48921 Feb 97 20873

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993489Meredith 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: 2240489

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