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Fibro Cottage

Item details

Name of item: Fibro Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 2 Prince Street, North Parramatta, NSW 2151
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT12 DP979533
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
2 Prince StreetNorth ParramattaParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 2 Prince Street is of significance for Parramatta for historical and aesthetic reasons, and as a representative example of a "lower-cost" fibro cement clad cottage of the Federation period, with some influences of the Queen Anne Revival architectural style. The house is believed to be a pre-cut catalogue house, of the kind available from several suppliers of the day. The house presents as substantially intact when viewed from the street, and contributes strongly to the streetscape.
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Construction years: 1918-
Physical description: Single storey timber framed cottage built c. 1918, externally lined with fibro in place of timber - an example of the economic benefits sought with asbestos cement. It also features: asbestos cement diagonal shingle roof; terracotta ridge capping and finials; bullnose iron verandah; liver brick verandah balustrade with integral piers; Art Nouveau influenced brackets; shingled gable ends. The property also features an abutting brick garage with asbestos cement shingle roof, timber picket fence and contemporary garden settings. A large dual occupancy was recently approved at the rear.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Fair.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.


Historical notes: Site purchased by Edwards McCaffrey, overseer at the parramatta Gaol, for £90 in November 1917. He mortgaged it in December 1917 for £250 to erect this cottage. He was first listed at this address in Sands Directory in 1920.

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is historically significant
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically 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
Local Environmental PlanAmendment No 2 20 Apr 01 711979

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2245090

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