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House "The Bungalow" Including Interior, Front Fence and And Grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "The Bungalow" Including Interior, Front Fence and And Grounds
Other name/s: The Bungalow
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 39 Robertson Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
39 Robertson RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The Bungalow is aesthetically significant as an exemplary California Bungalow designed by J. Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin, with distinct Griffin touches such as the square chimneys with stucco balls supporting a flat hood. The property has historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905 intended to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park, and the subsequent development phase.
Date significance updated: 15 Dec 11
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Designer/Maker: J. Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin
Construction years: 1915-1918
Physical description: Single storey Inter War California Bungalow style house with gabled slate roof with single brick gable end across the width of the house. Features wide eaves, four massive timber brackets supporting the timber fretwork screen to the gable end. Flat roofed front return verandah with brick and sandstone balustrade, six pairs of short doric columns, timber floor. Two large symmetrical bay windows, each containing five timber framed casement windows with art nouveau style leadlight. Leadlight 3-panel front door with two sidelights. White marble steps to front verandah. Chimneys are square brick, with 4 stucco balls at top corners supporting a flat hood. Simple sandstone fence with metal infill panels.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:03 Mar 00
Further information: Second storey addition is not appropriate.

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. There is no written record of the name of the language spoken and currently there are debates as whether the coastal peoples spoke a separate language "Eora" or whether this was actually a dialect of the Dharug language. Remnant bushland in places like Blackwattle Bay retain elements of traditional plant, bird and animal life, including fish and rock oysters.

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today. All cities include many immigrants in their population. Aboriginal people from across the state have been attracted to suburbs such as Pyrmont, Balmain, Rozelle, Glebe and Redfern since the 1930s. Changes in government legislation in the 1960s provided freedom of movement enabling more Aboriginal people to choose to live in Sydney.

(Information sourced from Anita Heiss, "Aboriginal People and Place", Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City )

Designed by architects J. Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin. First appears as occupied in 1918 Sand's Directories, occupant Hans P. Rasmussen.

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 Bungalow physically represents the 1905 subdivision of Centennial Park lands, intended to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park, and subsequent development phase.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
An early exemplar of the California Bungalow form in Australia, this house designed by architects J. Burcham Clamp and Walter Burley Griffin shows a number of Griffin design touches.
SHR Criteria f)
A very early exemplar of the California Bungalow form
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a California Bungalow
Integrity/Intactness: 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:

Requires Conservation Management Plan prior to any major alterations. 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 façade 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 2012I15214 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Martin Road, Centennial Park, Conservation Area Study and Guidelines Report2000 Kemp and Johnson Heritage Consultants and Planning Strategies P/L  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenSands and Kenny1918Sydney Directory

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420241

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