Angela | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

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Item details

Name of item: Angela
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 14 Martin Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
14 Martin RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The site has historic significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park. Whilst the building dates originally from the key period of development for the area, and was built for the Boyce family, owners of IXL Jam, it has been substantially altered over time such that its significance has been compromised.
Date significance updated: 07 Jun 10
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Designer/Maker: F Freeland ( 1960s alterations); Evan and Evnas 1992 alterations and addtions
Construction years: 1909-1993
Physical description: A substantially altered two storey rendered brick house with hipped slate roof with metal ridging.

It is symmetrical, with a central portico, dating from c 1993, on 4 fluted rectangular columns, with terrace above featuring a simple metal balustrade. Features multipaned timber-framed french doors and windows with 3-paned fanlights.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:07 Jun 10
Modifications and dates: The house was originally a single storey building , constructed c 1908, with nine rooms and slate roof.

Alterations approved by Council in 1960, removed nearly all remnants of the Federation era detailing including tower, chimneys, fire places, internal door highlights and transoms, pressed metal decorative details including the dado in the front corridor, the front door and all the windows. ( BA 546/60)

In 1993 the building was radcially altered again, including a second storey with pitched roof and a new portico added to the front elevation. ( BA 740/92)
Further information: In view of the extent of alterations over time, the significance of the building has been severely compromised and the heritage listing of this property should be reviewed.
Given the above reason (extensive alteration), the item is not listed in the SLEP2012.
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.
Current use: residential
Former use: residential


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 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 )

"Angela" first appears as occupied in the 1910 Sand's Directory, the first occupant being David Boyce. The Boyce family owned the IXL Jam Company, and lived in this house until the 1960s (Source: oral history interview with Dr. Neil Runcie). A garage was constructed c 1913. In c1960, alterations and additions, that essentially removed the Federation detailing, were designed by F. Freeland. In 1992 an additional storey was added as was a front portico, to the design of Evans and Evans Architects and Planners.

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]
Angela provides evidence of the 1905 subdivision of Centennial Park lands, intended to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park, and subsequent development phase.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Asssociated with the Boyce family, owners of IXL Jam,who lived here from its construction to the 1960s.
SHR Criteria g)
As t he buidling has been substantially altered over time, it is not representative of a particular architectrual style or period.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially 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:

Any additions and alterations should be in accordance with the relevant planning controls.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
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
Draft South Sydney LEP Amendment No.90    No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenNick Jackosn200914 Martin Road, Centernnial Park, Historical Overview

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420244

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