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Terrace Group Including Interiors

Item details

Name of item: Terrace Group Including Interiors
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Location: Lat: -33.859283199663 Long: 151.201083742589
Primary address: 66-68 Bettington Street, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
66-68 Bettington StreetMillers PointSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

66-68 Bettington Street, constructed in 1902, is significant as one of the earliest examples of government housing for the workers of the expanding Millers Point port facilities to be constructed by the Sydney Harbour Trust following the land resumptions of 1900.

It is a fine example of an Edwardian terrace, displaying both Victorian and Federation stylistic features, that is an important streetscape element being located at a prominent junction between Dalgety and Argyle Streets.

No 68 is a rare example of a purpose built combined shop and dwelling to service the needs to the local community.

The terrace is also significant for its associations with the provision of low cost government housing and accommodation for local maritime workers.
Date significance updated: 27 Apr 10
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Description

Physical description: Two storey pair of stuccoed brick Edwardian period style terraces, located within the Millers Point Conservation Area . Designed as a residential terrace which incorporates a shop to the ground floor of No 68. The design combines stylistic elements from both the Victorian and Federation periods. Features tiled verandah, coloured glass windows, painted rendered masonry walls, slate roof and timber and cast iron verandahs.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good general retention of original external detailing.
Date condition updated:05 Dec 05
Modifications and dates: External: Chimney pots missing, some exterior roof repairs
Further information: Was listed as a heritage item in 1989 and listing remains so to the present. General Details: Refer to Archaeological Zoning Plan.

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, Retail
Former use: Residential, Offices

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.

With the invasion of the Sydney region, the Cadigal and Wangal people were decimated but there are descendants still living in Sydney today.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
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Millers Point is one of the earliest areas of European settlement in Australia, and a focus for maritime activities. 1885 Trig. survey shows earlier single residence with front verandah on this site. 1900 Resumption plans show vacant site owned by Bridget Carinan. Pair of Edwardian terraces built here soon after and today they are mostly intact. First tenanted by Department of Housing in 1986.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-
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. Worker's Dwellings-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
66-68 Bettington Street, constructed in 1902, is of historic significance as one of the earliest examples of government housing for the works of the expanding Millers Point port facilities to be constructed by the Sydney Harbour Trust following the land resumptions of 1900. It also provides important evidence of the establishment of the corner shops to serve the surrounding residential community.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The terrace is also significant for its associations with the provision of low cost government housing and accommodation for local maritime workers.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
It is a fine example of an Edwardian terrace, displaying both Victorian and Federation stylisitc features, and is an important streetscape element being located at a prominent junction between Dalgety and Argyle Streets
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
No 68 is a rare example of a purpose built combined shop and dwelling to service the needs to the local communty.
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Represetative emxpale of an Edwardian terrace pair
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.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2005 Schedule 8 Part 12509 Dec 05 154125
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written Design 5 Architects2010Heritage Impact Statement - 68 Bettington Street, Millers Point
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenGodden Mackay Logan200768 Bettington Street - Conseration Management Strategy

Note: internet links may be to web pages, documents or images.

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2423581


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