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Federation House

Item details

Name of item: Federation House
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 258 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe, NSW 2205
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
258 Wollongong RoadArncliffeRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house is significant as part of an intact streetscape of similar Federation-style bungalows in their garden settings located on Wollongong Road, one of Rockdale's most historically significant streets. The building is a good representative example of a Federation house in Rockdale.
Date significance updated: 24 Aug 10
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Construction years: 1900-
Physical description: Modest Federation style dwelling with red brick walls, hipped Marseilles tiled roof with front facing gable. The projecting wing has a shallow bay window with a tiled awning roof. The gable end is timber and timber shingles. The veranda roof is supported on twin timber posts with timber brackets resting on a plain brick pier and balustrade.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The house is in good condition..
Date condition updated:30 May 10
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling


Historical notes: The land on which this dwelling is constructed was first purchased at auction by Robert Cammels Oliphant in 1854. The land was subsequently acquired by Mrs Patience Amelia Knight. In 1900 the subject block was offered for sale as part of the Knight's Estate subdivision. The date of construction of the subject house is unknown, although it was likely between 1900 and 1910. The earliest owners and occupants are unknown. By c1919 William Alexander Howe Ramsay and his wife Margaret Jane were living at the house, where they remained until at least 1941 (‘Funerals’, SMH, 21 October 1941).1946 William Ramsay advertised for a choir conductor for St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bexley (Advertising’, SMH, 8 May 1946).

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]
This dwelling is historically significant as part of a largely Federation streetscape on Wollongong Road, one of the earliest roads in Rockdale.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This dwelling is aesthetically significant as part of a largely intact Federation streetscape of similar style houses with intact front gardens.
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 building is a good representative example of a Federation house in Rockdale.
Integrity/Intactness: Dwelling is reasonably 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 Local Environmental Plan 2011I6805 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  16 Nov 01 175 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
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: 2330108

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