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Semi-detached dwelling

Item details

Name of item: Semi-detached dwelling
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 49 Connemarra Street, Bexley, NSW 2207
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
49 Connemarra StreetBexleyRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Federation semi-detached house at 49 Connemarra Street, Bexley is historically significant as early evidence of the Ocean View Estate. The semi-detached house is aesthetically significant as it contributes to a group of historic buildings in the streetscape. The building is an excellent representative example of a small Federation semi-detached house in Rockdale.
Date significance updated: 27 Sep 10
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Description

Physical description: 49 Connemara Street is an example of a Federation semi detached house which features a hipped slate roof with patterned tiling, rendered chimneys with terra cotta pots and terra cotta ridge ornaments. The facade is symmetrical and features a bull-nosed veranda roof with corrugated iron , turned timber veranda posts and a decorative cast iron valance. The facade features face brick walling with double hung sash windows to the outer side of the moulded front doors.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Dwelling is in good condition.
Date condition updated:18 Jun 10
Modifications and dates: DA-2005/21: Alterations and Additions (Incorporating Attic Space) to Existing Dwelling and New Outbuilding
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. The land was auctioned as part of the Ocean View Estate in 1883. The exact date of construction and early occupants are unclear, although the house, one of a pair with No. 51, was likely built between 1910 and 1920. The occupant in 1920 was Arthur Mitchell. In a 1923 lease advertisement the house was described as a cottage with four large rooms, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, which would ‘suit an adult family’ (‘To Let’, SMH, 12 October 1923). The next occupants evidently were an adult family, as in 1924 they advertised for a ‘companionable, Protestant’ housekeeper for an ‘adult family of 3’ (‘Positions Vacant’, SMH, 22 November 1924). By 1930 the occupants were John Bird and his wife Elizabeth Reid Bird. The Birds remained at the house until at least 1953 (‘Deaths’, SMH, 2 March 1953).

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 semi-detached house at 49 Connemarra Street, Bexley is historically significant as early evidence of the Ocean View Estate.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The semi-detached house is aesthetically significant as it contributes to a group of historic buildings in the streetscape.
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 building is an excellent representative example of a small Federation semi-detached house.
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 2011I11005 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Inventory Review2010 Louise Thom  Yes
Heritage Advisory Council1992R19R. Rathbone  No

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: 2330112


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