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Condie Farm Archaeological Site

Item details

Name of item: Condie Farm Archaeological Site
Other name/s: Former Condie's Cottage
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Cemeteries and Burial Sites
Category: Cemetery/Graveyard/Burial Ground
Primary address: Koloona Drive, Watersleigh, NSW 2540
County: CAMDEN
Local govt. area: Shoalhaven


Lot 47, 48 & 117 DP 751273 Lot 1 DP 579501 Lot 7310 & 7312 DP 1152344
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Koloona DriveWatersleighShoalhavenILLAROO CAMDEN Primary Address

Statement of significance:

"Condie Farm" (former) including relics, graves and trees.

The surviving remains, garden remnants and graves are important evidence of early rural settlement during the Berry period of private settlement. Local significance (Shoalhaven).
Date significance updated: 16 Jun 17
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Physical description: Only the remains of the original red cedar slab cottage and corrugated iron chimney exist. However the surrounding area is of significant historical and archeological interest through remnant garden vegetation, (Orange, silky oak, coral, English Oak,quince trees and Bunya pine). Condie graves, (11 burials), Dry stone walls, Stone walled roads, wells (west of the cottage in the swamp) and the 1870 floodline engraved in the sandstone before climb to clifftop.
Current use: Recreation reserve
Former use: Farming complex


Historical notes: Robert Condie, the son of William Condie and Jane Scobie, was born c.1803, in Stirling, Scotland. He married Jean Bell on 27th November 1827 in Kircaldy, Fifeshire. They had seven children. Robert and Jean decided to immigrate to Australia with their young family and sailed from London on 23rd February 1849 on the ship "Diana". They arrived at Port Jackson on 9th June 1849. Robert purchased 44 acres and 2 roods on the banks of the Shoalhaven River at Bangalee c, 1870. He named the property "Bellfield" after his wife. The "Bellfield" or Bangalee property remained in the Condie family until the early 1970s when it was purchased by Shoalhaven City Council for a public recreation reserve.

The tree at Bangalee was planted by the Condie family and is referred to as Mum's Banyan Tree.

Condie Graves
The original private cemetery of the Condie Family. A plaque was erected on the fence surrounding the Cemetery by Shoalhaven City Council and Dedicated by Rev. B Burton on 9th May 1982. Eleven members of the Condie family are buried in this cemetery.
Robert Condie 1803-1882
Jean Condie 1830-1903
Robert Condie 1840-1909
Robert Condie 1870-1942
Helen Condie 1883-1979 (Ashes)
Jean Condie 1803-1876
Janet Condie 1834-1906
Jane Condie (nee Waddington) 1847-1933
Grace Condie 1875-1884
Edwin James Condie 1907-1909
Harriett Kennedy Condie (nee Petrie) 1871-1940

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Environment - cultural landscape-Activities associated with the interactions between humans, human societies and the shaping of their physical surroundings (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (none)-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as scientifically representative locally.
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:

Condie's Cottage remnants are in very poor condition but enough remnant fabric and documentation is available to allow an excellent interpretation and reconstruction of some key elements. One of these key elements is most certainly the remnant kitchen or outbuilding that has recently collapsed. This structure should be conserved by restoration and reconstruction as appropriate. Urgently, the existing fabric of the structures including 'Condie Cottage' and outbuilding remnants should be protected by fencing from vandalism and further pilfering. Also, full documentation of the structures should occur to enable the components to be dismantled carefully and reconstructed in a well managed manner.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementPrepare or include in a Conservation Policy03 Dec 12
Recommended ManagementProduce an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP)03 Dec 12
Recommended ManagementPrepare a maintenance schedule or guidelines03 Dec 12


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  13 Apr 07   
Local Environmental PlanShoalhaven LEP 201450522 Apr 14   
Local Environmental PlanShoalhaven LEP 2014A622 Apr 14   
Heritage studyCondies cottage site and treesB103   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
 0    Yes
Shoalhaven City Council Heritage Study 1995-19981998B103Peter Freeman Pty Ltd  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenJohn Tropman Heritage Advisory Report: Condie Cottage. 4 July 1995.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2390158

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