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"Dungarvon" (house)

Item details

Name of item: "Dungarvon" (house)
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 28 Park Street, Mona Vale, NSW 2103
Parish: Narrabeen
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Pittwater


Lot 48 DP 562225
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
28 Park StreetMona ValePittwaterNarrabeenCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Dungarvon house at 28 Park St, Mona Vale is of local significance as one of the earliest surviving houses in the locality, associated with local identities. It is also aesthetically and architecturally significant due to its highly individual character in the context of Pittwater and the Northern Beaches. Eclectic in style, the house combines Victorian and Edwardian period features, from the Italianate and Queen Anne / Federation styles.

The listing includes the interiors of the house; however detailed analysis and assessment should be undertaken at the time of any future changes to the interior in order to ascertain the relative heritage significance.
Date significance updated: 16 May 14
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Builder/Maker: James Booth (stonemason) Samuel Stringer (carpenter)
Construction years: 1904-1904
Physical description: Stone house in Federation picturesque style, with corrugated iron roof built in 1904. Eclectic blend of Queen Anne (ornamental cast iron brackets, bay windows), Federation (square tower room with window on each aspect) and Arts and Crafts (hip and gable roof and tall chimneys).

Single storey dwelling with attic rooms and a central observation tower. Constructed of ashlar sandstone blocks with a rusticated finish. The façade features two symmetrically placed projecting bays. Notable for its interesting combination of roof forms and decorative external timber detailing. The dwelling is located within landscaped grounds and is well screened. (City Plan Heritage 2009).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house has been restored and is in good condition.
Date condition updated:23 May 14
Modifications and dates: The garden and fence are recent additions.
Current use: House
Former use: House


Historical notes: Samuel Stringer arrived to Australia from England in 1859 with his parents Samuel Snr & Jane and his five siblings. They arrived aboard the ship Parsee. He married Sarah Anne Potter in 20/11/1872 and they had nine children. He became a carpenter and was contracted by George Brock in 1902 to build the stables, the ballroom and the Oaks villa on the Brock Folly Estate.

Stringer bought 6 adjoining blocks of land in Park Street, Mona Vale for 125 pounds, which formed section 1 of the Mona Vale Estate. The vendor was Hon. Louis Francis Heydon and the sale was transacted on 21/07/1902. On 23/10/1903 Stringer borrowed 200 pounds from Heydon for the purpose of building on the land. Building is thought to have commenced in 1904.

Stringer also built the imitation sandstone cottage next to Dungarvon, No. 26 Park Street. In 1922 Stringer was over 70 years old and sold up in Mona Vale and moved to Hurstville. He died in 1931.
(Source: Guy & Joan Jennings - Mona Vale Stories (2007))

James Booth local stonemason probably helped build the house, although other sources (Jennings 2007) suggest that French stonemasons from Brock's Folly did the stone work.

Dungarvon was built on land 2 doors down from the church and the ashlar sandstone may have come from Brock's Folly.

Later residents of the house included Harold and Mabel Squire.

From 1957 the house deteriorated until it was sold in 1978 and has since been gradually restored.

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. (none)-
7. Governing-Governing Law and order-Activities associated with maintaining, promoting and implementing criminal and civil law and legal processes (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This house is historically significant as it is one of the earliest surviving houses in the locality. The lot was one of six purchased by Samuel Stringer from the Mona Vale Estate in 1902 and the first to be developed, in c.1904.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
This house is associated with known local carpenter, Samuel Stringer who built this and the neighbouring house at 26 Park St.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house has a high level of aesthetic significance due to its architectural character combining features and styles used in a confident eclectic manner.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Social significance of the place requires a more detailed study to ascertain its value for the local community. However, it could be anticipated that the house’s Federation style would provide a historical connection to the local community.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The house has potential to provide evidence of the construction system of Victorian houses in the area.
SHR Criteria f)
The house is one of a relatively small number of Federation period houses across the Pittwater LGA which is well maintained and remains intact.
SHR Criteria g)
The house is representative of the earliest phase of settlement in Mona Vale during the Federation period.
Integrity/Intactness: The house has been restored and is in good condition.
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:

The house should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Impact Statement should be prepared for the house prior to any major works being undertaken. Archival and photographic recording should be undertaken before major changes in accordance with NSW Heritage Office guidelines for Photographic Recording of Heritage Items using Film or Digital Capture (2006).


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  04 Feb 94   
Local Environmental PlanPittwater LEP 2014227000627 Jun 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Barrenjoey Peninsula & Pittwater Heritage Study1989B 72Macdonald Mcphee P/L Craig Burton  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCity Plan Heritage200924 Park Street Mona Vale Heritage Impact Statement
WrittenGuy & Joan Jennings2007Mona Vale Stories
WrittenJoan Lawrence2006A Pictorial History Pittwater
WrittenJudy Childs1995"Dungarvon", Manly Warringah Journal of Local History, Vol. 6

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2270006

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