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Rock Lynn

Item details

Name of item: Rock Lynn
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 58 Bestic Street, Rockdale, NSW 2216
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
58 Bestic StreetRockdaleRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Rock Lynn is a modified Federation rusticated sandstone house in the Rockdale area and sits in a prominent scenic location on a rocky outcrop overlooking Botany Bay. It has the potential to yield information about early building materials and techniques and also forms part of the 1884 " Rockdale Township" subdivision.
Date significance updated: 31 Aug 10
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Description

Physical description: Rock Lynn was a single storey Federation residence distinctive for its rusticated sandstone walling and for the substantial sandstone outcrop in the front yard. It is situated on an elevated, corner block and overlooks Botany Bay. The building originally featured a hipped and gable roof with a front facing gable with a simple gable end. The walls are clad in rock faced, random coursed sandstone, likely to have been quarried from the local area. A veranda extends around two sides of the building and has been restored with timber Federation style detailing. French doors open from the living areas onto the veranda. The veranda features Federation period timber brackets and posts and a battened gable end. A sewer vent is located in the back yard. The building has had a large obtrusive additional storey built over the northern end with a two storey veranda built with faux Federation details. There is a garage structure at the southern end.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The building is in good condition but not intact.
Date condition updated:29 May 10
Modifications and dates: Substantially added to during 2002-2004. It has been recently renovated with a first floor addition and garage. Original roof has also been replaced with concrete tiles. Original timber veranda and timber doors and windows.
Part of the veranda to the side and the front has been enclosed. A portion of the veranda, on the southern side may be original and the portion to the eastern side may have been enclosed at a later period. The roof has been re-clad in concrete tiles.
DA-1999/299: FURTHER AMENDED PLANS RECEIVED FOR ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING DWELLING
DA-2000/266 : AMENDED PLANS RECEIVED FOR ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS TO EXISTING RESIDENCE
DA-2001/872: S.96 APPLICATION FOR ALTERATIONS TO FIRST FLOOR WINDOWS AND DOORS
DA-2002/183: S.96 APPLICATION - AMENDMENTS TO WINDOWS AND ROOF PITCH
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling

History

Historical notes: The subject property is part of land auctioned to Thomas Holt the Younger in 1853 and auctioned in 1884 as part of the Rockdale Township subdivision. In 1912 a ‘grand corner block’ likely to be the subject block was for sale (‘Houses and Land for Sale’, SMH, 19 June 1912). The purchasers appear to have been the Orton family who apparently built a house on the property; by 1920 John Thomas Oram Orton was in residence; following his death in 1931, Orton’s unmarried daughters Lily and Emma Fillingham Orton remained in the house (‘Deaths’, SMH, 29 May 1931; ‘Deaths’, SMH, 9 November 1936).

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]
Rock Lynn is historically significant as part of land subdivided and auctioned in 1884 as the " Rockdale Township".
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Rock Lynn is aesthetically significant as a modified Federation rusticated sandstone house sitting in a prominent location on a rocky sandstone outcrop overlooking Botany Bay.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The original part of the building is significant because it has the potential yield information about early building materials and techniques in the Rockdale area, as the sandstone building material for the house was most likely quarried on site.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Rock Lynn is a representative example of a modified Federation rusticated sandstone house.
Integrity/Intactness: Original portion of house intact, however substantially modified with second floor addition.
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 2011I20705 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Study1991401Meredith 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: 2330081


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