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House "Walshome" Including Interior, Front Fence and Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Walshome" Including Interior, Front Fence and Grounds
Other name/s: Walsholme
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 12 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
12 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Walshome has high aesthetic significance as an unusual, finely detailed, two storey Federation Romanesque style grand house dating from c. 1908. The property has historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.
Date significance updated: 17 Mar 10
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Physical description: Two storey polychrome (red and cream) brick Federation Romanesque style mansion with a three storey tower, with a two storey verandah and projecting bay windows, the tower featuring semi-circular arched windows. Verandahs feature timber doric columns, brick balustrading, and wrought iron balustrading and brackets. The ground floor verandah has tessellated tiling, the upper floor verandahs have timber floors and tongue and groove board ceilings. The tower portico to the ground floor has semi-circular arched openings. The front verandah is slate roofed and the main roof (hidden behind parapet)
Further information: Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are constantly updated by the City as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conservation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.


Historical notes: The "Eora people" was the name given to the coastal Aborigines around Sydney. Central Sydney is therefore often referred to as "Eora Country". Within the City of Sydney local government area, the traditional owners are the Cadigal and Wangal bands of the Eora.

With European Occupation of the Sydney region from 1788, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The site is part of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, the sale of which funded landscaping of Centennial Park. The house was constructed 1907/1908 for Fred Walsh of Sydney,a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, who was also the Consul General for Honduras until 1928, and named "Walshome". The house was bought and sold seven times between 1951 and 2003, and is shown on a 1946 Real Estate Base Sheet as being divided into 5 one-bedroom flats. In 2003 the building was being operated as a boarding house. It was purchased in 2004 for conversion once more to a private residence.

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 Community facilities-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The property has historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park.,
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
It is significant as the home of the Consul - General de Honduras from its construction in 1908 to 1928
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house has high aesthetic significance as an unusual, finely detailed, two storey Federation Romanesque Style house.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a Federation Romanesque style dwelling
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:

The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement, or a Conservation Management Plan, should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. There shall be no vertical additions to the building and no alterations to the fa├žade of the building other than to reinstate original features. The principal room layout and planning configuration as well as significant internal original features including ceilings, cornices, joinery, flooring and fireplaces should be retained and conserved. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, should not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the relevant planning controls.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I10614 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study19933.33Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenJohn Oultram Heritage &Design200412 Lang Road, Centennial Park: Proposed Alterations Heritage Impact Statement

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420116

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