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Stone Dwelling

Item details

Name of item: Stone Dwelling
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 26 Stoney Creek Road, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
26 Stoney Creek RoadBexleyRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The stone dwelling at 26 Stoney Creek Road is historically significant as part of the development of commuter suburbs in the Rockdale area and one of the earliest houses remaining in Stoney Creek Road. This dwelling is aesthetically significant as being a distinctive stone Federation house contributing the historic character of the suburb of Bexley.
Date significance updated: 06 Sep 10
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Description

Construction years: 1894-
Physical description: The building at 26 Stoney Creek Road is located along a busy traffic thoroughfare and is adjacent to Bexley RSL Club. It features a front facing gable roof clad in slate and has a dominant facetted bay window to the front bedroom which is edged in two tone sandstone reminiscent of quoins. It has a slate tile roof which could be original to the structure and has prominent sandstone coursed foundations. The bay features Federation detailing in the exposed rafters and terra cotta ridge capping and segmental headed window openings featuring coloured glass panels and original timber double hung window. The veranda detailing appears to have been altered but the building fabric largely retains the original form.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Dwelling is in good condition but the stone has been painted.
Date condition updated:06 Sep 10
Modifications and dates: DA-1997/65: DEMOLISH SINGLE DWELLING
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. It appears that the subject property was built for the family of James Wildman, a stonemason, and his wife Mary (nee Macintosh, whom he married in 1888) in 1916 when Wildman advertised for tenders for slating, apparently intended for the subject house which has a slate roof (‘Tenders’, SMH, 26 February 1916). The Wildman family had lived in Stoney Creek Road, likely on the subject block, since c1894; as early as 1889 James Wildman was paying council rates on a property (Lot 64 Section A) in ‘Abercorn Street’ which may well be the subject property (‘Municipal Council Notices’, SMH 27 June 1889). The present house, therefore, appears likely to have been built in the 1890s and renovated with a slate roof in 1916. James Wildman died at Mudgee in 1918. His family continued to live at the house, although several of his children died young, including his son John who in 1930 was killed by a train at Allawah station while in occupation at the subject house (‘Man Killed on Railway’, SMH, 2 August 1930). Mary Wildman remained there until her own death in 1947 (‘Deaths’, SMH, 8 January 1947).

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 stone dwelling at 26 Stoney Creek Road is historically significant as part of the development of commuter suburbs in the Rockdale area and one of the earliest houses remaining in Stoney Creek Road..
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This dwelling is aesthetically significant as being a distinctive Federation house, and contributing to the historic character of the suburb of Bexley.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
The house is an excellent example of a Federation style stone house in the Rockdale area.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRockdale LEP 2011I15705 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Heritage Advisory Council1992R9BSR. Rathbone  No
Heritage Advisory Committee0 R. Rathbone  No
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2330084


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