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Wambrook

Item details

Name of item: Wambrook
Other name/s: Federation Style. House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 26 Grey Street, Carlton, NSW 2218
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Rockdale
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
26 Grey StreetCarltonRockdaleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

"Wambrook" is significant for its association with the renowned Australian author, Miles Franklin, whose mother owned the house, and who lived in there for a significant period in the late 1930's until her death in 1954. The building is a good representative example of a small timber Federation house. Wambrook provides early evidence of the outer suburbs as they developed with a commuter population.
Date significance updated: 31 Aug 10
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Description

Physical description: A single storey weatherboard cottage in Federation period style featuring a hip and gable roof, some decorative timber window mouldings and coloured glazing to the panels over the casement window and in the sidelights of front door. The building is a simple double front cottage set on brick piers with a cement veranda floor, flat wrought iron posts and a roof extended out over the veranda. The roof has been replaced with terracotta tiles.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The front of cottage is relatively intact with only the replacement of roofing with terracotta. A lean to roof cement fibre addition at rear with a red brick addition behind. Building is in good condition.
Date condition updated:22 Jun 10
Former use: Dwelling

History

Historical notes: The land on which this house is built was first granted to John Townson in 1810
At 21, Miles Franklin published her most famous book, My Brilliant Career (1901), fulfilling what had been an urgent need to write. It brought her fame and entree into the world of authors, but very little money - for a time, in search of further literary material, she worked as a domestic servant - and she would struggle to have other books published. She decided to seek her fortune overseas, travelling to the US first ( in 1906), then to Britain. Her relationship with Australia was fractured; she felt refreshed by visit home, but also irritated by her family and the "dreariness" of local society. In 1923, at 53, Miles returned to Australia and moved into the family home in Carlton to care for her elderly mother.
In 1938, Miles's mother, Susannah, died aged 87.

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]
Wambrook provides early evidence of the outer suburbs as they developed with a commuter population.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
"Wambrook" is significant because of its association with Miles Franklin, the renowned author, who lived in the house ( which was owned by her mother ), for a time in the late 1920's and again in the 1930's until her death in 1954. She rented a hotel room in nearby Hurstville to do her typing.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Does not meet this criterion.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The house has significance to those who value the place due to its connection with Miles Franklin.
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 a good representative example of a small timber Federation house.
Integrity/Intactness: Recently restored the building is largely 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 2011I18105 Dec 11   
Local Environmental Plan  25 Aug 00 109 
Heritage studyRockdale Heritage Study 01 Jan 97   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Rockdale Heritage Study1991155Meredith 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: 2330120


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