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Single Storey Residence

Item details

Name of item: Single Storey Residence
Other name/s: Single-storey Residence
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 37 Wigram Steet, Harris Park, NSW 2150
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP13579
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
37 Wigram SteetHarris ParkParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

House at 37 Wigram Street is of significance for the local area for historical and representativeness reasons. Built c.1930, it is readily identifiable as part of historic building stock and is contributing to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 13 May 98
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Construction years: 1930-
Physical description: Single storey Inter War Californian Bungalow cottage has terracotta tiled roof with exposed rafters on dark brown brick walls. The house has projecting gables at front and sides. Gables have louvred rectangular ventilators. Verandah gable has ladder timber strap work and projecting bay onto verandah. Smaller gable is brick above a faceted bay. There is one brick chimney with sandstone coping. Verandah has terrazzo stairs and blue ceramic tile risers. Verandah is supported by full brick piers with soldier brick tops. Verandah has diagonal lattice infill. Windows are casement. Front Federation door has stained glass half sidelights and transom light above twelve paned coloured glazed panels that are above lock rail with paired timber bolection mould panels below. Front fence has soldier brick coping on brick wall and brick piers connected with galvanised pipe. Gate is with wrought iron scroll pattern.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
good. Medium potential. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Date condition updated:13 May 98
Further information: Refer to SHI No 2241032 for 1998 photograph
Current use: Residence


Historical notes: In 1895 a semi-detached pair of houses occupied the site of the present nos 35 and 37. By the 1920s these houses had disappeared but the area immediately to the north was the house of such people as the prominent pharmacist and cricketer Leslie Pye and then baking powder manufacturer, the Champion family.
No 37 was rebuilt as a freestanding home for GA Chie in 1930. Chie had already rebuilt no 35 the previous year and in 1931 gave that to his son whilst he lived in no 37. The property was acquired by the Roman Catholic diocese of Parramatta after the school and church of the Blessed Oliver Plunket was opened in the early 1930s. Its future use is likely to be the presbytery. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): SD 1932: George A. Chie | SD 1930: G. A. Chie | SD 1929: no entry | PCC RO 1914: N0. 621, Sec. 6 lots pt. 2 and 3 lot | | |

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. Housing-Includes the range from individual homes or homesteads to group accommodation.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is historically significant.
This item has historic significance because the house as a 1929 infill in a prestigious residential street is where the original Victorian semi-detached had been demolished. Its current association with the adjacent Catholic Church is also 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
Regional Environmental PlanAmendment No 2 20 Jul 01 1135501
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993 Meredith Walker  Yes
Assessment of Potential Heritage Items in Parramatta City Centre & Harris Park199845Graham Edds & Associates in conjunction with Prof Ian Jack  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1990St Oliver's School Profile pamphlet
Oral HistoryFr Peter Williams1998Parish preist, pers comm
WrittenJ Sands Sydney Directories; 1920-32/33

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2241033

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