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Glendalough. McIlveen Museum and Research Centre

Item details

Name of item: Glendalough. McIlveen Museum and Research Centre
Other name/s: Victorian Style, Villa
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Villa
Primary address: 120 Kingsland Road North, Bexley North, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
120 Kingsland Road NorthBexley NorthRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This villa is significant in its association with William Wollaghan, who built the house on his " Glendalough Estate" in 1892. The property also has historic value as the site of a Boys Home in 1929. This item is aesthetically significant as a representative example of a symmetrical late Victorian single storey villa with stucco finish, cast iron columns and cast iron trims to the veranda; it is sited in its garden setting with remnant Bunya pines from the original garden. It has the potential to yield information about the original Victorian plantings as there are indentations on the lawn suggesting the position of former garden features.
Date significance updated: 12 Aug 10
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Description

Construction years: 1892-
Physical description: There are two historic dwellings on this site. The oldest is visible only down the end of a driveway which is lined with mature plantings of pine and palms. The pines are not in a good condition. The former house is a single storey symmetrical late Victorian villa with a stucco finish, cast iron columns and veranda trims, and a corrugated iron hipped roof and bull nose veranda. An original bunya pine remains from the original garden, and indentations in the lawn suggest the position of former garden features. The house was altered to incorporate a Kindergarten. There are two playgrounds to the side of the house, and aged care townhouse also to the side of the house.
Facing Kingsland Road North is another former dwelling which is a later building but which features characteristics of the Federation period.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The properties appear to be in reasonable condition although no close inspection was made.
Date condition updated:06 Aug 10
Modifications and dates: BA-1995/642 : ADDITIONS TO DWELLING TWO STOREY CLASS 1
BA-1996/778 : SCHOOL ADDITION TO SCHOOL (GYMNASIUM) CLASS 9b
BA-1998/129 : Building Application SCHOOL ADDITIONS & ALTERATIONS CLASS 5 & 9b
DA-1986/63 : ADDITIONS TO OFFICERS QUARTERS
DA-1988/164 : EXTENSION TO RESIDENCE
DA-1995/347: PROPOSED FIRST FLOOR ADDITIONS TO EXISTING SINGLE STOREY ATTACHED DUAL OCCUPANCY
DA-1996/303 : CONSTRUCTION OF GYMNASIUM FOR THE TRAINING COLLEGE COMPLEX AT THE SALVATION ARMY COLLEGE
DA-1997/337: CONVERSION OF EXISTING LIBRARY INTO A CLASSROOM AND TWO OFFICES
DA-1997/61: S.102 APPLICATION TO DELETE CONDITION No.22 - HEIGHT OF TOWER
DA-2004/528: TWO(2) X FOUR(4) BEDROOM TOWNHOUSES
DA-2004/71: REMOVAL OF TREE IN HERITAGE AREA
DA-2004/982 : SHADE STRUCTURES
DA-2006/432 : Addition to Rear of Existing Dwelling
DA-2006/96 : Alterations and Additions to Existing Townhouse
SPC-2006/377 : Private Swimming Pool
Current use: Day Care Centre
Former use: Farm house

History

Historical notes: The land on which this dwelling is built was first granted to James Chandler on the 19th October 1831 by Governor Brisbane (1300 acres).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Re-use of villas and grounds for institutional-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This villa, Glendalough, (built in1892), is historically significant as part of the development of grand villas in the urban fringe of Rockdale. The property also has significance as the site of a Boys Home in 1929.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Glendalough is significant for its association with William Wollagham, who built the house on his "Glendalough Estate" at his retirement.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is aesthetically significant as a symmetrical late Victorian single storey villa in its garden setting with remnant Bunya pines from the original garden. It was sited to gain advantage of the fine view to the east Botany Bay.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The property has the potential to have significance relating to the use of the site of a Boys Home, however this is unsubstantiated.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This villa is significant because it has the potential to yield information about the original Victorian plantings as there are indentations on the lawn suggesting the position of former garden features.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Glendalough is a representative example of a late Victorian single storey villa with stucco finish, cast iron columns and cast iron trims to the veranda.
Integrity/Intactness: Dwelling is reasonably intact.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Local Environmental PlanRockdale LEP 2011I16405 Dec 11   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Study1991130Meredith Walker and Terry Kass  No
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes

References, internet links & images

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2330012


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