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Federation Queen Anne style dwelling

Item details

Name of item: Federation Queen Anne style dwelling
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 1 Coronation Avenue, Eastwood, NSW 2122
Parish: Hunters Hill
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Ryde
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Coronation AvenueEastwoodRydeHunters HillCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The dwelling is historically significant evidence of the Eastwood Heights Estate subdivision of 1903, Eastwood architect Charles Robert Summerhayes being responsible for the subdivision. The subdivision has historical association with Eastwood architect, Charles Robert Summerhayes. The house was built c. 1906 for Harrison Balfour Irvine, an engineer. The dwelling is aesthetically significant as a fine representative Federation Queen Anne style dwelling located on a prominent corner with verandah detailing responding to the site, and having landmark qualities in the local area.
Date significance updated: 09 Jul 12
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Construction years: 1905-
Physical description: A single storey Federation Queen Anne style house prominently located on a corner allotment. The massing of the house responds to this location with a corner verandah, gablet and bay projecting diagonally from the basic hipped roof form. The verandah is flanked by two projecting street facing gables. The picturesque composition is seen to advantage in the garden setting with sympathetic timber picket fencing. The roof is clad with Marseille pattern terracotta tiles, chimneys are roughcast and a half timbered detail is featured at gable ends. Walls comprise dichromatic face brickwork and a rendered base courses. The verandah features turned timber posts ornamental brackets, valances and balustrading. Fenestration includes double hung timber sash windows with coloured glass panes to upper sashes, and rendered sills. The house is substantially intact with additions confined to the rear, other than new fencing and lynch gate.
Current use: Dwelling
Former use: Dwelling


Historical notes: AREA HISTORY
Aboriginal people inhabited the Sydney basin for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans. The northern coastal area of Sydney was home to the Guringai people, western Sydney was home to the Dharug clans, and southern Sydney was inhabited by the Dharawal clans. The AHO and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, the recognised custodians for this area, as well as members of the local Aboriginal community generally agree that the term Guringai may not be the original name for the area, tribe or language, however, given the lack of any credible alternative, it is considered to be an appropriate and convenient term to represent the area as distinct from other parts of Sydney. The clan names are in some regards less contentious for some areas. The City of Ryde Council area is commonly accepted to be Wallumedegal country (various spellings). The Guringai lived primarily along the foreshores of the harbour, and fished and hunted in the waters and hinterlands of the area. All clans harvested food from their surrounding bush. Self-sufficient and harmonious, they had no need to travel far from their lands, since the resources around them were so abundant, and trade with other tribal groups was well established. The British arrival in 1788 had a dramatic impact on all of the Sydney clans. Food resources were quickly diminished by the invaders, who had little understanding of the local environment. As a result, the Aboriginal people throughout the Sydney Basin were soon close to starvation. The Sydney clans fought back against the invaders, but the introduction of diseases from Europe and Asia, most notably smallpox, destroyed over half the population. The clearing of land for settlements and farms displaced local tribes and reduced the availability of natural food resources, leaving Aboriginal people reliant on white food and clothing. The French surgeon and pharmacist Rene Primavere Lesson, who visited Sydney in 1824, wrote: "the tribes today are reduced to fragments scattered all around Port Jackson, on the land where their ancestors lived and which they do not wish to leave."

The first land grants in Eastwood were given in 1794 to Samuel Wheeler, Rev. James Bain, John Redman, Patrick Campbell, Thomas Bride, Zadoc Petit and William Patullo. Land grants continued in the area until 1801, although this period also saw many original grants sold to local landowners to form larger farms. Captain John Macarthur purchased several land grants in the area between1794 and 1799. He later sold this land to Joseph Holt, who, on behalf of Lt. William Cox, amalgamated 14 farms in the Field of Mars district into one estate. This amalgamation of farms did not last long. William Cox sold some of the estate to D’Arcy Wentworth at the area’s first auction in 1804. In 1807 Gregory Blaxland established Brush Farm Estate from nine farms purchased from D’Arcy Wentworth, thought to be the original land grants of Wheeler, Bain, Redman, Campbell, Bride, Petit and Patullo. Major Edward Darvall, a retired English army officer, leased Denistone Farm from Dr Foster in 1840, and later purchased a 400 acre estate in the Ryde area, covering part of Eastwood and West Ryde. William Rutledge bought land in 1835, including land originally granted to Lt. William Kent and John Love in the 1790s. This formed Eastwood Estate (the site of Eastwood House) that was purchased by Edward Terry in 1865. Terry developed the property and was an influential figure in Ryde’s history, most notably as Ryde Council’s first mayor.

Edward Terry encouraged the development of the Eastwood area, including influencing the government to run the new Strathfield to Hornsby rail line through his property in the 1880s. The main camp for the railway workers was set up in the area, leading to the establishment of a local school, Post Office and hotel in Eastwood. Brush Farm was subdivided from 1881, and Darvall Estate from 1902. When Terry’s Estate subdivisions were offered for sale from 1905, businesses began to move into Rowe Street. By the 1920s Rowe Street was established as Eastwood’s commercial centre.
The first Anglican Church in Eastwood was built in 1884 as the Main Camp Church for the railway workers, but numbers dwindled after the completion of the railway line in 1886 and the building was taken down. In 1906 Rev. J.H. Mullens, the rector of St Anne’s Ryde, decided to support the establishment of a church at Eastwood. Mrs. Darvall gave two blocks of land on the corner of Rutledge Street and Shaftsbury Road for a site for the new church and Mr. E. Terry made a gift of 100 pounds towards building costs (Northern District Times 9/5/2007, p32).

Lily Street, renamed Coronation Avenue 1912/13, was created with the subdivision of the Eastwood Heights Estate in 1903. This estate was subdivided by Eastwood architect Charles Robert Summerhayes who built his own house Womerah (31 Trelawney Street) on lots 32 & 33 of the estate. The subdivision was bounded by Shaftsbury Road, Clanwilliam Street, Railway Road (now Tarrants Avenue) and included Rose Street (now Stewart Street), Lily Street (now Coronation Avenue) and Alice Street (now Trelawney Street). Rose and Alice were the daughters of Summerhayes and Lily was his wife's name. The land had earlier been part of the Brush Farm Estate.

The evidence of electoral rolls and Sands' Sydney Directories suggest that all of the houses in the areas postdate this 1903 subdivision: No.1 seems to have been built c. 1906 for Harrison Balfour Irvine, an engineer. The Irvine's owned the house at least until 1931.

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 Suburban Development-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The dwelling is historically significant as it was constructed on the Eastwood Heights Estate subdivision of 1903. This estate was subdivided by Eastwood architect Charles Robert Summerhayes.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The subdivision has historical association with Eastwood architect, Charles Robert Summerhayes. The house was built c. 1906 for Harrison Balfour Irvine, an engineer, who lived in the house at least until 1931.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The dwelling is aesthetically significant as a fine Federation Queen Anne style dwelling located on a prominent corner with verandah detailing responding to the site, and having landmark qualities in the local area.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
No social significance has been identified.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The dwelling is considered to have little archeological or research potential.
SHR Criteria f)
.The dwelling is not rare.
SHR Criteria g)
The dwelling is a representative Federation Queen Anne style dwelling in the Eastwood area.
Integrity/Intactness: The 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.

Recommended management:

DOCUMENTATION: A Heritage Impact Statement is required by Council to accompany any Development Application for non-minor work. Please consult Council staff about your proposal and the level of documentation that will be required as early as possible in the process. Note that Council has adopted planning provisions to assist in the making of minor changes that will not have any impact on the significance of properties without the need to prepare a formal application or Heritage Impact Statement. In this case Council must be consulted in writing to confirm the nature of the works. APPROACHES TO MANAGING THE HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PROPERTY: (Note: the detailed requirements for each property will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The following advice provides general principles that should be respected by all development.) Further subdivision of the land is discouraged. The overall form of the building should be retained and conserved and new uses should be restricted to those that are historically consistent and/or able to be accommodated within the existing fabric with minimal physical impact. All significant exterior fabric should be retained and conserved. The setting of the property should be protected from the impacts of development and significant plantings, walls, paths and other landscape elements should be retained in a manner that will not threaten the viability of significant gardens, landscapes or views. The external surfaces and materials of significant facades (generally, but not limited to, those visible from the street or a public place including the water) should be retained, and painted surfaces painted in appropriate colours. Sandstone and face brickwork should not be painted or coated. Significant door and window openings should not be enlarged or enclosed. OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE: All development should respect the principle of ‘do as much as necessary but as little as possible’. In most instances, new work should not attempt to replicate historic forms. A ‘contemporary neutral’ design that sits quietly on the site, and enhances the quality of the item, will be a more sympathetic outcome than a ‘fake’ historic building. Respecting the scale and overall forms, proportions and rhythms of the historic fabric is critical. As a general principle, all major alterations and additions should NOT: - result in demolition of significant fabric - result in excessive site cover; - be visually prominent or overwhelm the existing buildings. - intrude into any views of the property from the public domain, including the water; and should be: - located behind the historic building/s on the site; - visually subservient and have minimal impact on heritage significance including that of views over the property. Single storey extensions will generally be preferred over two-storey forms unless there is a sound heritage reason to do otherwise. Attic rooms must be accommodated in the original roof form. Solid fences or high walls on street boundaries and structures - including car parking structures - forward of the front building line are strongly discouraged.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanRyde LEP 201038   
Local Environmental PlanDraft Ryde LEP 2011I38   
Local Environmental PlanRyde LEP 2014I3802 Sep 14   
Local Environmental Plan - LapsedLEP No. 10531217 Jan 03 14347

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ryde Heritage Study1988312Jonathan Falk Planning Consutants P/L Assoc with Rodney Jensen and Assoc P/L  No
Review of 1988 Ryde Heritage Study.2002 Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects.  Yes
Ryde SHI Review Stage 12012 Paul Davies Pty Ltd  Yes

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Database number: 2340060

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