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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 148 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe, NSW 2205
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
148 Wollongong RoadArncliffeRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The house at 148 Wollongong Road, originally known as Rocky Glen, provides evidence of the historical development of Arncliffe and Wollongong Road in the early twentieth century. The house is aesthetically significant as a very fine Federation free-style rusticated stone house that contributes to the historic character of Wollongong Road. The building is technically significant as an example of the use of locally produced stone adapted to architectural fashions of the time.
Date significance updated: 07 Sep 10
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Description

Physical description: Federation Arts and Crafts style stone and brick house. The building is single storey with a hipped slate roof with projecting gable at the front and at the side. The gable ends are stone parapets with infill pieces of brick. The front veranda has a stone balustrade integrated with stone columns terminating with short turned timber posts supporting the roof. The building walls onto the veranda are face brick whilst the rest of the external walls are rock faced sandstone. Abutting the side facing gable is a small entry porch with a skillion roof and balustrade matching the front veranda. There are three original chimneys and a bulls eye window in the side elevation.
The house is one of a pair and is the mirror of 150 Wollongong Road. There has been additions made to the rear.

Single storey stone house with slate roof in the Federation style. Projecting gable and veranda to street
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Dwelling is in good condition.
Date condition updated:22 Jun 10
Modifications and dates: BA-1994/882: ADDITION TO DWELLING SINGLE STOREY CLASS 1
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling

History

Historical notes: The subject property is part of land purchased at auction by James Pike in 1839. In 1840 Pike and his wife Anastasia sold his land to wool merchant and land speculator William Hirst (Rathbone, A Village Called Arncliffe, pp 23-27). Hirst subdivided the land into rural allotments, creating Dowling Street, John Street, Hirst Street and Wentworth Street, and registered the subdivision as The Village of Arncliffe Estate. Owing to economic recession, few sales were made and in 1843 Hirst was declared insolvent. The following year his trustees again offered the Arncliffe Estate, comprising of 15 rural allotments between five and 10 acres, for sale. The land didn’t sell well. It eventually passed to well-known auctioneer Edward Salamon (Rathbone, A Village Called Arncliffe, p 47). The date of construction of the subject house is unknown, although it was likely between 1900 and 1910. From c1913 to c1919 George Davis lived at the subject house which was named Rocky Glen. From at least 1920 until 1949 Charlie Algar (‘Funerals’, SMH, 8 July 1949) and his wife Louie (nee Pratt), whom he had married in Murwillumbah in 1912, lived at Rocky Glen. Charlie Algar was a partner in the Sydenham Theatre Company, which operated from Unwin’s Bridge Road in the 1910s and 1920s (‘Advertisements’, SMH, 24 September 1919.)

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 house at 148 Wollongong Road, originally known as Rocky Glen, provides evidence of the historical development of Arncliffe and Wollongong Road in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is aesthetically significant as a very fine Federation free-style rusticated stone house that contributes to the historic character of Wollongong Road. The building is technically significant as an example of the use of locally produced stone adapted to architectural fashions of the time.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
The house is a rare example of a Federation free-style rusticated stone house in the Rockdale area.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Does not meet this criterion.
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRockdale LEP 2011I6105 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  16 Nov 01 175 
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
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: 2330117


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