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Lynburn - timber Federation residence and garden

Item details

Name of item: Lynburn - timber Federation residence and garden
Other name/s: Lynburn Berry Estate Residence & Garden
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Other - Residential Buildings (private)
Primary address: 13 Mattes Way, Bomaderry, NSW 2541
Local govt. area: Shoalhaven

Boundary:

Lot 23 DP 793122 & adjoining crown land on Bomadderry Ck, Lot 7322 DP 1163457
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
13 Mattes WayBomaderryShoalhaven  Primary Address
501 Princes HighwayBomaderryShoalhavenBUNBERRA CAMDEN Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

An outstanding timber Federation house by noted Sydney architect Howard Joseland which incorporates several interesting and unusual design features. The house is of high integrity. Special local historical interest as an employer-provided house on the former Berry Estate. Has architectural values which contribute significantly to the local streetscape at the approaches to Nowra Road Bridge. Local significance (Shoalhaven).
Date significance updated: 29 Sep 17
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Description

Designer/Maker: H.Joseland
Builder/Maker: Builder: George Muller Painter: A.T. Cordery
Physical description: Description: An ornate Federation residence with unusual arrangements of gables and skillion-roofed verandahs. There are two front gabled projections; one interrupts the verandah; the other projects over it. Construction is of weatherboard with unusual timber decoration to gable ends. There is a complex slate roof, including skillion verandah, terracotta ridge capping and apex ornaments and tall brick chimneys, one of which is constructed on the diagonal. There is a faceted bay window, with stained glass panes, under one of the front gables; and a verandah with a striking fretwork fringe under the other. Brackets to verandahs are large. The interior joinery is cedar and although a fire in 1981 seriously damaged the roof the integrity of the interior woodwork was mainly preserved including part of the original lathe and plaster ceilings. Features of the interior are 6 Italian marble fireplaces, 3 in bedrooms of ornate design, 1 each in the Dining Room, Drawing Room and Library. The grounds contain many magnificent mature trees. The Cedar of Lebanon at the gate and a Virginian Swamp Cyprus on the south side of the drive date back to the 1890s.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The exterior was authentically restored after the 1981 fire.
Date condition updated:15 Mar 12
Modifications and dates: The garden was reduced slightly by road widening associated with the upgrading of the Princes Highway. The entry gates were reconstructured and a number of mature spotted gum trees were removed.
Further information: Date:1894/1895 - Restored 1981 Architectural Period: 1876-1900 Architect/Designer: H.Joseland Builder: George Muller Painter: A.T. Cordery
Current use: Residence
Former use: State Themes: 23 (Housing) 34 (Persons)

History

Historical notes: Lynburn was built by George Muller and was completed by August 1895, for the widow of Henry Gordon Morton who was a manager and surveyor for the Berry Estate. During Morton's lifetime he and his wife had lived at "Numbaa House", and Morton was Mayor of the Numbaa Municipality between 1868 and 1895. Lynburn was designed by the leading Sydney architect Howard Joseland, who was commissioned to design a number of fine buildings on the Berry Estate between 1883 and the early 1900s. This residence is similar to Flawcraig, another Joseland design situated nearby which was also erected for the family of an Estate employee. The Berry Estate sold "Lynburn" by auction following the death of the Life Tenant, and it was purchased by the late Mr and Mrs F.S. Morton in 1920, they being the parents of Mrs Alison F. Walton.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The item is of historical significance as an example of a single storey, late Victorian house that was built in 1895 by George Muller for the widow of Henry Gordon Morton who was a manager and surveyor for the Berry Estate. The house was called Lynburn and was designed by the leading Sydney architect Howard Joseland, who was commissioned to design a number of buildings on the Berry Estate between 1883 and the early 1900s.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The house has associations with Howard Joseland (1860-1930), who was commissioned to design a number of buildings on the Berry Estate between 1883 and the early 1900s.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house is a very good example of a single storey, late Victorian, Federation style residence set in landscaped grounds that contain many magnificent mature trees including a Cedar of Lebanon at the gate and a Virginian Swamp Cyprus on the south side of the drive that date back to the 1890s.
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
This item is assessed as historically rare locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare at a State level.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically representative at a State level..
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 Plan  13 Apr 07   
Local Environmental PlanShoalhaven LEP 201413022 Apr 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Illawarra Regional Heritage Study Review1993 Perumal Murphy Wu  No
Shoalhaven City Council Heritage Study 1995-19981998NB119Peter Freeman Pty Ltd20/7/95 RSH Study: Y Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenPerumal Murphy Wu1993Illawarra Regional Heritage Study Review, September 1993

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2390820


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