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House "Meroo" including interior, front fence and grounds

Item details

Name of item: House "Meroo" including interior, front fence and grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 30 Martin Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
30 Martin RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Meroo has local historic and aesthetic significance. It is a substantial Federation Arts & Crafts style house designed by prominent architects Ernest A Scott and Green. The site provides evidence of the 1905 subdivision of Centennial Park lands, intended to fund the landscaping and development of Centennial Park, and subsequent development phase.
Date significance updated: 18 Aug 10
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Description

Designer/Maker: Ernest A. Scott & Green, architects
Physical description: Two storey Federation Arts & Crafts style house with roughcast rendered walls, hipped concrete tile roof, multipaned timber-framed casement windows, wide eaves with exposed rafter ends.
Date condition updated:09 Mar 00
Modifications and dates: Main roof retiled with concrete tiles.

First floor floor verandah enclosed using timber framed windows.
Further information: Meroo was first listed as a heritage item under the provisions of LEP 2012 which was gazetted on 14/12/2012.

Further investigation is required to determine to what extent if the unsympathetic alterations to No 35 are reversible.Was considered for listing as part of heritage schedule to SSLEP Amendment 9, Council resolution of 17 February 2005 to further research.

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.

History

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 http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/barani )

Designed by architects Ernest A. Scott and Green. House name "Meroo" first appears in Sand's Directory in 1924, the house was occupied by Digan W. Langton, J.P., physician and surgeon from 1918.

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]
Meroo 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]
Associated with prominent architects Ernest A Scott and Green.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Representative example of an architect designed Federation Arts & Crafts style house.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Representative example of a Federation Arts & Crafts style
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact except for concrete tile roofing, 1st floor verandah enclosure.
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 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. Remove enclosures to front balcony.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I14014 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 View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420247


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