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Terrace House "Nanine" Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Terrace House "Nanine" Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Primary address: 39 Maddison Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
39 Maddison StreetRedfernSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Nanine has local historic and aesthetic significance as a representative example of a Federation terrace, which makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, and dates from one of the key period of layers for the development of Redfern as a direct result of the subdivision of the grand estates for residential development.
Date significance updated: 14 Feb 06
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Physical description: Single storey Edwardian terrace house with rendered brickwork, faceted bay window to ground floor façade, cast iron frieze to front bullnose verandah. The main roof is clad with tiles, and terracotta cresting. Has a distinctive chimney with decorative drip course at the apex of the roof.

There is a single storey skillion rear wing.
Modifications and dates: Contemporary front fence and gate. Face brickwork has been painted and rendered.
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 the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.

The site was part of Edward Smith Hall’s Grant of 185 acres made in April 1822, which comprised land bound by Cleveland, South Dowling, Phillip and Elizabeth Streets. That same year, Hall divided part of his grant into 2 portions of 75 acres. One portion was sold to Solomon Levey in 1822 and the remainder was purchased by Jemima Jenkins. Jenkins portion encompassed the area bound by Cleveland, South Dowling, Phillip and Marriott Streets.

Jemima Jenkins subsequently sold her land to Thomas Horton James who passed it to Frederick Unwin in 1828. The following year, Unwin subdivided his property into large allotments (3 acres) with frontages to Bourke Street and sold them quickly. Unwin had Bourke Street formed with convict labour.

Good water supply encouraged development of industry and nurseries in early settlement, such as Baptists Nursery (from 1830s) west of Bourke street and Aldersons Tannery on Bourke Street near Maddison Street. The tannery was a major employer and polluter from the 1850s. As the tannery expanded early middle class residents departed and their homes were occupied by tradesmen. By 1883 the tannery occupied six acres.

The first residential subdivision occurred in 1865 and by 1889 the area was densely occupied.

From the turn of the century until the Second World War, new development in the area was predominantly industrial and commercial on a large scale.

Nanine is first listed in Sands Directory of 1910, occupied by a Mr Hucker, giving a construction date of c 1909.

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 building dates from one of the key period of layers for the development of Redfern as a direct result of subdivision of grand estates for residential development.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Has aesthetic significance as a representative example of a Federation terrace which makes a positive contribution to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria f)
The building is not rare.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative example of a Federation terrace.
Integrity/Intactness: Moderate
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I132714 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

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2420949

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