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Name of item: House
Other name/s: Mimosa, Victorian Style. Cottage
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 19 Dowling Street, Arncliffe, NSW 2205
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
19 Dowling StreetArncliffeRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 19 Dowling Street Arncliffe is a distinctive Federation style house incorporating an earlier Victorian house and an inter-war addition. Built for one of the prominent families in Arncliffe in the late nineteenth century the house is part of a group of dwellings in Dowling Street dating from the turn of the nineteenth century.
Date significance updated: 23 Aug 10
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Construction years: 1885-1902
Physical description: An early Victorian house with a Federation wing at the front and a two storey inter-war addition. The encircling veranda linking the two buildings externally is supported by turned timber posts and appears to be of the same era as the Federation building. The gambrel roof over the Federation section is now covered with concrete tiles. The property has had large additional buildings built in its grounds as part of its current non-residential use.
The original gardens have gone but some of the large trees remain such as the Bunya Pine and Fig Trees on Dowling Street.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Dwelling is in good condition.
Date condition updated:11 Aug 10
Modifications and dates: DA2000/864 Church hall modification did not affect heritage item. Located away from the significant house building.
DA2000/1247 Brick boundary wall on Hirst Street to replace damaged sheet metal fence.
Current use: Offices
Former use: Dwelling


Historical notes: 15 January 1839:
Land grant to James Pike of Parramatta (soldier) 50 acres at Wolli Creek, Parish of St George
Fol No 164 Book 2B
27th October 1838
By Governor Sir George Gipps ( part of a total grant of 150 acres previously purchased by Pike at auction in 1835 as lot 5)
Transferred to William Hirst. ( no information)

Thirty two acres of Pike's Grant sold to Edward Salamon by the Trustees of the estate of William Hirst.
- William Brown
- George King
- Thomas Ware Smart
20th August 1845

Probate granted on the will of Edward Salamon ( Auctioneer )
Trustees Appointed:
- George King
- Samuel Aron Joseph
- Jacob Levi Montefiore

Land bought under Real Property Act
Primary Application No. 2886
8th May 1871
'Village of Arncliffe' subdivisions.
Land at this time unoccupied.

Four acres, two roods sold to John Ferris of Botany - Gardener lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and half Lots 8 and 17 (sections) being 4 acred and 2 roods bounded by Hirst Street, Dowling Street , Wollongong Road and James Peapells Land ( transfer No. 10724 ) see vol 176 fol 12
2nd December 1873

Sold to Peter John Hogan of Randwick
(Transfer No. 32884) see vol 142 fol 50
7th March 1879

Sold to John Valentine Wareham of Sydney - Gentleman
( transfer No. 84373) se Vol 176 Fol 19
20th January 1884
Subdivision DP 1387
Kembla and Walters Street formed
Land divided into 59 blocks with Lot 22 at the corner of Hirst and Dowling Street being equal in size to 4 of three adjoining blocks.
'Sydney View Estate'

Sold to John Gibson Farleigh - Bookkeeper
Lots 21,22,23, section B of DP 1387 ( transfer No. 89407)
See Vol 739 fol 82
21st January 1885

Sale of residue of subdivision By John Valentine Wareham. Volume 766 Folio 138 indicating sale of surrounding blocks of subdivions to various purchasers including Lots 13 and 14 to Richard Farleigh, Lots 4, 7, 11 to members of the Howard family Lots 16-19 to William Judd all of whom were related by marriage to Farleigh and Lots 20 and 24 to John Gibson Farleigh in 1887 (transfer No. 124192) See Vol 766 Fol 138

Transferred to
Howard Manicon Farleigh of Abbotsford
Augustus Gibson Farleigh of Normanhurst
John Edward Farleigh of West Pennant Hills
Joint tenants.
Lots 20 and 24
(Application No. 4237873) see Vol 847 Fol 70
7th July 1959
Lots 21, 22, 23
(Application No H237873) see vol2606 Fol 64
7 th July 1959
Lots 20 and 24
Sold to Baptist Union of New South Wales
(transfer No H 3288719) see Vol. 847 Fol 70
9th October 1959
Lots 21, 22, 23
Sold to Baptist Union of New South Wales
(transfer No. H328719) see Vol. 2601 Fol 64

Sold to the Body of Christ Fellowship Limited
Lots 20 and 24
(transfer No. Z500821) see Vol. 13483 Fol 181 and 182
21st February 1991

Current Certificate of Title Vol. 13483 Fol 182

It was in 1885 that John Gibson Farleigh and his wife Alice Elizabeth ne Howard purchased the land at the corner of Hirst and Dowling Street, and moved from their home at Victoria Street, Ashfield into the neat 4 room cottage which they called 'Mimosa'. As their family grew with 3 sons and 2 daughters and as Farleigh's prospect increased, a large and fashionable addition was made to the house creating a new frontage to Dowling Street in about 1902. The house was set in open grounds with a croquette lawn, tennis court, formal garden and vegetables gardens. Dotted here and there were the remnant orchard trees of the previous owners. Other blocks in Dowling Street were occupied by relatives and in-laws of the Farleighs including:
Richard Farleigh Lots 13 1 and 14
Albert Ernest Howard Lots 4 and 7
George Augustus Howard Lot 11
William George Judd Lots 6-10 and 16-19
Other members of the Farleigh family occupied prominent houses in the Arncliffe area including 'Cairnsfoot' inLoftus Street and houses in Edward Street.
During the years 1903-1908, Farleigh was an Alderman on Rockdale Council and used this as a stepping stone to a parliamentary career in the NSW Legislation Council 1908-1934
At the end of the First World War, a further large 2 storey addition was made to the building to house Farleigh's eldest son and his English wife and to provide a billiard room and studio on the first floor.
Members of the family used the upstairs attic rooms as a photographic studio and for many years the archives of the NSW Legislation Council were stored there.
The Farleigh family lived in the house up to the death of John Farleigh in 1948 and Alice Elizabeth in 1959 when it was sold to the Baptist Union of New South Wales for the establishment of a church.
In 1991, the property was sold to the Body of Christ Fellowship Limited and continues in use as a church and fellowship centre.

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]
The property shows the historic evolution of a dwelling from 1885 through to the period after world war one. Its fabric demonstrates the physical characteristics of each of these periods. The house is one of a group of houses in Dowling Street which provide evidence of the historical development of Rockdale at the end of the 19th century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The dwelling has historical significance in being associated with the prominent nineteenth century Arncliffe family, the Farleigh's
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The simple form of the Federation house set in a large garden with mature trees located on a corner affords the property high townscape value.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
The layering of house additions from these periods is uncommon in Rockdale
SHR Criteria g)
The house is representative of a number of stylistic periods including Victorian, Federation and inter-war.
Integrity/Intactness: Relatively 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 Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Local Environmental PlanRockdale LEP 2011I705 Dec 11   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Study1991330Meredith Walker and Terry Kass  No
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes

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Database number: 2330044

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