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Terrace Group "Dalgety Terrace' (7-13A Dalgety Road) Including Interiors

Item details

Name of item: Terrace Group "Dalgety Terrace' (7-13A Dalgety Road) Including Interiors
Other name/s: Dalgety Terrace
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Terrace
Location: Lat: -33.8584348239152 Long: 151.201041699016
Primary address: 7-35 Dalgety Road, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
7-35 Dalgety RoadMillers PointSydney  Primary Address
7-13A Dalgety RoadMillers PointSydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Dalgety’s Bond Store Group demonstrate various phases of harbour related activities, including ship building, wharf, and port facilities that formed a major component of the cultural, social, historical and architectural development of Millers Point. The stores demonstrate the continued importance of mercantile activities in this part of Sydney and provide important physical evidence of the major redevelopment and associated civil works that occurred in the area in the years following the bubonic plague of 1901. The Stores are substantially intact warehouses of the Victorian Georgian and Federation Free Classical style of architecture and are significant in their consideration and response to the existing stone stores, overall form, materials, siting and scale. The warehouses have a strong visual cohesion and landmark qualities. The stores also demonstrate the advancements in technology with manual, hydraulic and electrical power with Store A containing an early hand winch, demonstrating the original method of hoisting.
Date significance updated: 22 Nov 06
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Physical description: Three storey brick Victorian Georgian terrace located within the Millers Point historic district. Group of two prominent early terraces with elevated views over wharf development and harbour. Access at front (north-east) by the pedestrian walk and to rear yards by the arched carriageway. Rhodens Lane (rear) possesses intimate residential qualities. Category:Group of Buildings. Style:Victorian Georgian. Storeys:3.
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. 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 )

Former residence of prominent Sydney merchant, Capt Robert Towns, namesake of nearby street and bond stores.

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]
Of historical significance as physical evidence of the development of substantial villas and townhouses on the ridges over-looking the harbour.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Association as the former residence of prominent Sydney merchant, Capt Robert Towns, namesake of nearby street and bond stores.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of aesthetic significance for its contribution to an architecturally diverse and historically important residential streetscape.
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
Regional Environmental PlanREP26_4    
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I87814 Dec 12   
Heritage study     

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: 2423583

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