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House "Waitui" Including Interior, Front Fence and Gate, Reat Outbuilding And Gr

Item details

Name of item: House "Waitui" Including Interior, Front Fence and Gate, Reat Outbuilding And Gr
Other name/s: "Waitara," In 1912 Sands Directory; Waitui
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 106 Lang Road, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
106 Lang RoadCentennial ParkSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Waitui is a highly intact, outstanding example of a Federation Arts and Crafts grand house designed by a prominent archtiect, Byera Hadley, which is a key element in the streetscape. It has group value as part of a group of grand houses from the same period due to covenant and siting restrictions which have ensured a high quality streetscape.
Date significance updated: 24 Jan 06
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Designer/Maker: Byera Hadley
Physical description: Two storey Federation Arts and Crafts style mansion with sandstone and roughcast stucco walls, hipped and gabled slate roof with terracotta ridging. Front elevation features a roughcast stuccoed parapet and an imitation half-timber gable end above a two storey projecting front verandah. Faceted curved front bay with sandstone base. Sandstone front fence with metal gate. Single storey gable roofed rear outbuilding off lane.

The interior plan is essentially retained and features a painted timber stair, lead light and plasterwork typical of the period.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Metal front gate not original. First floor front verandah glazed in.
Date condition updated:19 Apr 05
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.


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 European Occupation of the Sydney region from 1788, the Cadigal and Wangal people were largely decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The site is part of the Centennial Park Lands subdivision of 1905, the sale of which funded landscaping of Centennial Park.

The building was constructed for Frederick Thatcher designed by Byera Hadley in 1911. Thatcher was a partner in Thatcher and Oburg Timber Merchants. From 1912 it was known as "Waitara" or "Waitui" in the Sands Directory. It is one of the later houses in the group that developed from 1905 to 1918. The architect of 106 Lang Road, Byera Hadley won a number of design competitions early in his career, including designs for Town Halls at Botany and Willoughby. As well as designing commercial buildings in the city such as Commerce Building, 345-353 Sussex Street, he was responsible for much domestic architecture, especially in Mosman, Summer Hill and Bellevue Hill. He was the founder of the prestigious Architectural Award named after him.

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 property has historical significance as part of the development of the Centennial Park lands subdivision of 1905, and its relationship to Centennial Park
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with prominent architect Byera Hadley, who won a number of design competitions early in his career, including designs to Town Halls at Botany and Willoughby . He designed commercial buildings in the city such as the Commerce Building at 345-0353 Sussex Street as well as much domestic architecture especially in Mosman, Summer Hill and Bellevue Hill.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The house has high aesthetic significance as outstanding example of a Federation Arts and Crafts grand house which is a key element in the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a Federation Arts and Crafts style grand house
Integrity/Intactness: High at the front
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. Subdivision and consolidation should not occur.. Window proportions and finishes should be matched to the front and rear.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I12714 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
South Sydney Heritage Study1993 Tropman & Tropman Architects  Yes
South Sydney Heritage Review1998 Architectural Projects  No

References, internet links & images

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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420889

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