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Terrace Group "Dangar Terrace" Including Interiors

Item details

Name of item: Terrace Group "Dangar Terrace" Including Interiors
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 117-131 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
117-131 Abercrombie StreetChippendaleSydney  Primary Address
Dangar StreetChippendaleSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Dangar Terrace is good and relatively intact example of a Federation terrace group with corner shop. It is also significant for being a rare survivor of the 1911 City Council land resumption in this part of Chippendale.
Date significance updated: 15 Nov 01
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Physical description: Group of seven, two storey face brick Federation terraces with corner shop. Characteristics of the terraces include symmetrical facades, iron palisade fencing and a decorative parapet with the words "Dangar Terrace" inscribed. The residence above the corner shop is also face brick with a decorative parapet, string coursing and double hung sash windows.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair physical condition
Date condition updated:18 Sep 01
Modifications and dates: Some of the balconies in the terrace group have been enclosed and the cast iron frieze is missing form a number of the terraces. The palisade fence has been removed from No. 123.. Above the corner shop the first floor Juliet balcony and awning on the splay corner has been removed and the ground floor brickwork has been painted.
Further information: There is another inventory sheet for this item (Ref 2420272).

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. 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 )

The site is part of the 1819 original land grant to Thomas Chippendale which was subsequently acquired by Thomas Broughton, slum landlord and mayor of City of Sydney in 1846. Dangar Terrace was constructed c 1903 and survived the 1911 City Council Resumption in parts of Chippendale.

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]
Dangar Terrace, constructed c. 1903, is a rare survivor of the 1911 resumption. It is a relatively intact example of an inner city Federation residential terrace group with corner shop highlighting the working class and high density nature of Chippendale in the early twentieth century.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The building is a good example of a Federation terrace group with attached corner shop which contributes to the character of the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The terrace group is a rare survivor of the 1911 Land Resumption in this part of Chippendale.
SHR Criteria g)
The group is a good representative example of a Federation terrace development.
Integrity/Intactness: Fairly 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:

All remaining significant intact fabric on the street façades should be retained and conserved. Future refurbishment should recover significance such as reinstating cast iron friezes on verandahs and the Juliet balcony and awning. The paint on the brickwork adjoining the corner shop should be removed using a method which does not damage the brickwork. The external brickwork is not to be painted, rendered or coated. Surfaces intended for painting should be painted in appropriate colours. As the original building is a significant feature within the Abercrombie streetscape the addition of further floors to the building should not be contemplated. Any further development should preserve the existing form, external surfaces and materials of the façades of the building. Door and window openings should not be enlarged or reduced in size. 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 2012I16214 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Chippendale Heritage Conservation Study1999 Architectural Projects Pty Ltd  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
WrittenSand's and Kenny1903Sydney Directory 1902-1904

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420273

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