Mona | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Mona
Other name/s: York Lodge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 13 Marion Street, Harris Park, NSW 2150
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP528361
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13 Marion StreetHarris ParkParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house Mona, at 13 Marion Street, Parramatta is of significance for Parramatta LGA for historical, aesthetic, and reasons of representativeness. The house is an example of Federation weatherboard houses in the local area. The house presents as substantially intact when viewed from the street and strongly contributes to the streetscape, additionally in unison with other historic buildings near-by.
Date significance updated: 14 May 98
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Construction years: 1914-
Physical description: A single storey Federation free style residence of timber weatherboard with brick verandah walling and fence. Architectural style has elements of Federation Arts and Crafts bungalow. Asymmetrical hipped terra cotta tiled roof with projecting gables has ventilating gablets and terra cotta finials. Projecting room at front with Edwardian bay window and gabled roof. Symmetrical cottage garden with path leading to porch from the street boundary brick fence. Verandah is skillion, terracotta tiled, extending from main roof, with a hip corner, across front from projecting gable and returns to south side. Verandah has floor of tessellated tiles with terrazzo step treads and triple timber posts set on brick piers. Bullnose brick balustrade is now painted. Window at the side has a decorative open scroll pattern under and terracotta tile skillion awning with timber brackets. Front door has a coloured glazed transom light and sidelights over timber flush door. Fence is low, brick, with bullnose brick coping and wrought iron gate. Other features include sandstone gutters.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:14 May 98
Modifications and dates: National Trust, Parramatta, gives circa 1915 for Year Started.
Current use: Vacant
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: A cottage called York Lodge with stabling was built on an extra wide corner lot in 1914 by John Watkin Walker, a financial agent and auctioneer. Around the end of WWI Walker sold off two narrow strips of land on the eastern side of No 13 to create Nos 15 and 17. No 13 itself was sold at the same time to CD Collins who renamed the house Mona and lived there until after 1930. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): SD 1932: C.D. Collins | SD 1925: C.D. Collins, "Mona" | SD 1920: Charles D. Collins | SD 1918: no entry | PCC RB 1915: N0. 881 Improv. Cap. Value 700 pounds, J.W. Walker | PCC RB 1914: N0. 881 Sec. 1/1, 2, 3, Marion St., John Watkins Walker, clerk, Parra | SD 1912: | |

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Land tenure-Activities and processes for identifying forms of ownership and occupancy of land and water, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Land tenure-Aboriginal and European; may include sub-divisions, fences, Survey marks etc.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item has historical significance as the house is an addition in 1914 to a Victorian streetscape, connected for at least 20 years with the real estate business and notable for having the only stables in Marion Street.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item has aesthetic significance as it forms part of a generally cohesive single storey streetscape group.
SHR Criteria g)
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.

Recommended management:

Consider as part of a Marion Street/Cowper Street precinct


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental PlanREP No 28 20 Aug 99 956161
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Assessment of Potential Heritage Items in Parramatta City Centre & Harris Park199850Graham Edds & Associates in conjunction with Prof Ian Jack  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenParramatta Archives0Rate Books; 1901-1923
WrittenParramatta Archives Valuation List; 1924-30
WrittenParramatta Archives Valuation Book 1914-16

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2241037

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