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Item details

Name of item: Conjoined Residences
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 79, 81 Sorrell Street, North Parramatta, NSW 2151
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP537284
LOT2 DP537284
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
79, 81 Sorrell StreetNorth ParramattaParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The pair of conjoined residences at 79-81 Sorrell Street is of significance for Parramatta for historical reasons and as a representative example of Federation/Interwar period semi-detached house in the area modelled by a known local builder. The houses make an important contribution to the streetscape and the Sorrell Street Conservation Area, additionally as part of the set of adjacent houses of similar design, age and style. The pair shares some features with the adjoining 8 Isabella Street and Nos. 75 and 77 Sorrell Street, it was in the ownership of the same locally prominent builder Thomas Cranney around the same time as those houses (c.1910s-1920s), and may have been modelled in conjunction with those buildings.
Date significance updated: 08 Mar 02
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Construction years: 1928-
Physical description: 79-81 Sorrell Street is a pair of semi-detached, tuck-pointed brick houses under central hip roof clad in corrugated iron. The houses may have been built c.1914, but were substantially modified in the 1920s. The bullnose roof to hipped front verandah is divided by brick privacy wall. Chimneys were probably paired, now only No. 79 retains a brick chimney with corbels at centre rear of the house, with squat terracotta pots. Verandah also has grey quarry tiles, timber corner post set on brick piers shaped as inverted V with rendered coping, and curved timber brackets. Brick privacy wall between houses. Verandah Decoration: Curved timber brackets. Windows have sloping rendered sills and segmented arches. Fence elements vary, No.79 has acorn-top Victorian style picket fence and gate (apparently not original), while No. 81 has an intrusive weldmesh fence and gate. Front doors have transom lights over Interwar timber doors with glazed panel above lock rail and three vertical recessed timber panels below. The interesting brick verandah with piers closely resembles those on Nos. 75 and 77 Sorrell Street.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: Detail Survey, Parramatta, 1895


Historical notes: Not shown on 1895 Detail Survey. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): One of a number of Cranney houses built on or near this corner | SD 1932: N0. 79 Vincent J. Cranney, builder N0. 81 Thomas Kirk | SD 1930: N0. 79 Vincent J. Cranney, builder N0. 81 Thomas Kirk | SD 1929: N0. 79 Vincent J. Cranney , builder N0. 81 Thomas Kirk | PCC RB 1915: N0. 773 Improv. Cp. Value 1100 pounds. H. & G. Cranney | PCC RB 1914: N0. 773 Sec. 47, lots 6,7. George Augustus Ferris, dentist Parra | | Significance: | Part of a house group which makes notable contribution street and townscape due to similarities in age, design, use and materials. | Professional, trade and manufacturing practice - example of a very intact house

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically 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 51221 Feb 97 20873

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993512Meredith 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: 2240512

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