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Stone house

Item details

Name of item: Stone house
Other name/s: Victorian Style. Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 71 Connemarra Street, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
71 Connemarra StreetBexleyRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This dwelling is historically significant as it reflects the early development of the Ocean View Estate auctioned in 1883. This dwelling is aesthetically significant as a restored symmetrical Victorian sandstone cottage with symmetrical chimneys and sandstone door surrounds. Unusual Federation style sloped sandstone veranda posts bases were added c. 1910. It has the potential to yield information about early materials and building techniques in the Rockdale area as the sandstone for the house was quarried on the site. The stone house is a good representative example of a symmetrical Victorian-style sandstone cottage.
Date significance updated: 12 Aug 10
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Description

Physical description: A symmetrical single storey sandstone cottage with a corrugated iron hipped roof, symmetrical chimneys and French doors leading onto a veranda. A Federation-style sandstone and timber veranda was added c. 1910. A new townhouse development was added at the rear in 2002 and the cottage restored at that time.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition although it has lost its historic curtilage.
Date condition updated:06 Aug 10
Modifications and dates: The house was restored in 2002 when a new townhouse development was built at the rear of the property. Evidence was uncovered at that time showed signs of an original bull nose veranda that was later replaced with a Federation style one.
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling

History

Historical notes: The subject property is part of 1200 acres granted by Governor Brisbane to merchant James Chandler in 1831. The land was auctioned as part of the Ocean View Estate in 1883. The subject house appears to have been built for John A McKenzie and his wife Jane Ann (nee McDonagh), who resided there by the early 1890s (Sands Directory). John McKenzie was a freemason. Following John McKenzie’s death, Jane McKenzie remained there until at least 1941 (‘Funerals’, SMH, 24 July 1941). By 1944 the Coles family were the occupants (‘Family notices’, SMH, 14 June 1944).

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 Village community to commuter suburb - Housing-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This dwelling is historically significant as it reflects the early development of the Ocean View Estate auctioned in March 1883
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This dwelling is aesthetically significant as a restored symmetrical Victorian sandstone cottage with symmetrical chimneys and sandstone door surrounds. Unusual Federation style sloped sandstone veranda posts bases were added c. 1910
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This dwelling is significant because it has the potential to yield information about early materials and building techniques in the Rockdale area, as the sandstone for the house was quarried on the site.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This dwelling is a good representative example of a symmetrical Victorian-style sandstone cottage with symmetrical chimneys door and sandstone door surrounds.
Integrity/Intactness: Dwelling is intact but has lost its setting.
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 PlanRockdale LEP 2011I11305 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  16 Nov 01 175 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010280Louise 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: 2330024


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