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Victorian House

Item details

Name of item: Victorian House
Other name/s: Federation Style House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 50 Connemarra Street, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
50 Connemarra StreetBexleyRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Although described as a Victorian house in the LEP the building is actually two storey Federation style house in the Rockdale area contributing to the historic and aesthetic qualities of the Connemarra Street streetscape. The house has historic significance as evidence of the development of the Ocean View Estate at the beginning of the 20th century.
Date significance updated: 27 Sep 10
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Physical description: A two storey free-standing Federation style house with a transverse gable roof between two parapet walls in the manner of a terrace house. The building has a projecting gable and bay which defines a two storey veranda. Construction is red brick with tiled roof.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Dwelling is in good condition.
Date condition updated:11 Aug 10
Modifications and dates: A rear extension and brick front fence added 1990s.
SPC-2006/835 : Private Swimming Pool
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling


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 exact date of construction and initial occupants of the subject house are unknown; however, by 1909 it was in the occupation of Charles Abbott (formerly of Station Street, Arncliffe) and his wife Maggie Grace (nee Cumming) who died while in residence there in 1930. The Abbotts named the house Kinross (‘Funerals’, SMH, 9 October 1930). Following Maggie Abbott’s death, Charles Abbott remained in the subject house with his children William, Violet, Maggie, Doris, Molly and Edna Elsie (‘Deaths’, SMH, 18 November 1938). In 1941 Charles Abbott died, following which his unmarried sister, Mary Margaret Abbott, lived at the place (‘Deaths’, SMH, 12 March 1947). Charles Abbott’s obituary, following his death in 1941 revealed that he was a prominent freemason, having been ‘foundation master and secretary of the Lodge Bexley, and Illawarra St George Mark lodges, a Most Excellent Companion of the Bexley Chapter, Royal Arch Masons and Past Grand High Priest of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of NSW.’ (‘Mr C E Abbott’, SMH, 18 February 1941). Abbott was among those present when the foundation stone for the Bexley Masonic Temple was laid in 1923 (‘Masonic Temple Foundation Stone’, SMH, 26 February 1923). In 1954 William Abbott, Charles Abbott’s son, sold the house (‘Public Notices’, SMH, 9 December 1954).

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The house has historic significance as evidence of the development of the Ocean View Estate at the beginning of the 20th century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The house is associated with Charles Abbott a prominent Freemason in the local area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The two storey turn of the century house is a prominent historic building in Connemarra Street. It has aesthetic value for its contribution to the historic character of the area.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
The house is a good representative example of a two storey Federation style house in Rockdale.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is substantially 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRockdale LEP 2011I11105 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  16 Nov 01 175 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes
Heritage Advisory Committee0R20R. Rathbone  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2330043

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