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Cottage "Aringa" Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Cottage "Aringa" Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 61 Elizabeth Bay Road, Rushcutters Bay, NSW 2011
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
61 Elizabeth Bay RoadRushcutters BaySydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Aringa is a Victorian Rustic Gothic style villa, which was built between 1876 and 1879, originally as a single storey cottage with attic, with Federation Queen Anne style additions carried out between 1886 and 1894. It makes a strong contribution to the streetscape. The site provides evidence of the 1865 subdivision and subsequent development of the original land grant made to Alexander Macleay.
Date significance updated: 23 Mar 12
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Construction years: 1876-1894
Physical description: Aringa is a single storey sandstone Victorian Rustic Gothic style cottage with attached two storey Federation Queen Anne style addition.

The cottage section incorporates stylistic features of Victorian Rustic Gothic style which includes a steeply pitched roof, gabled dormer, traceried bargeboard, timber finials and a timber verandah. The two storey addition has a prominent gable, front bay window with faceted sides and shingled base and leadlight windows, typical of the Federation Queen Anne style.

At the rear of the site is a late 20th century rendered masonry single storey garage.

There is a front garden with solid masonry fence to Elizabeth Bay Road.
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.
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.

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

The site is located on the original land grant made to Alexander Macleay who built Elizabeth Bay House. George Macleay offered lots of the Elizabeth Bay Estate on 99 year leases in 1865. Following a further subdivision in 1875, 18 acres (7.3ha) of the original 54 acre estate remained. In 1882, a further subdivision left only 3 acres (1.2ha) of garden around the house.

61 Elizabeth Bay Road was Lot 42 of the Elizabeth Bay Estate Subdivison of 1865 for sale by Messrs Richardson and Wrench.

Sands Directory first indicates that Aringa was occuped by George C Nixon in 1880. There were no listings for Elizabeth Bay Road in 1877, 1878 or 1879. Whilst there no occupant is listed in the 1876 edition, three houses are noted in the course of erection. This gives an indication of the construction date of the original building between 1876 and 1879.

The Metropolitan Detail Series Maps indicate that additions to the northern part of the dwelling house were built between 1886 and 1894.

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. Residential-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site provides evidence of the 1865 subdivision and subsequent development of the original land grant made to Alexander Macleay.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The site contains a Victorian Rustic Gothic style villa , with a Federation Queen Anne style wing, which makes a strong contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a villa in the Victorian Rustic Gothic style , with Federation Queen Anne style additions.
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. All conservation, adaptive reuse and future development should be undertaken in accordance with the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance (The Burra Charter). 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 2012I139414 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenRuth Daneil2012Herirtage Impact Statement - 61 Elizabeth Bay Road

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420687

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