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Item details

Name of item: Terrace Duplex Group
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Duplex
Location: Lat: -33.8615034053087 Long: 151.201932722813
Primary address: 38-72 High Street, Millers Point, NSW 2000
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
38-72 High StreetMillers PointSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Of historical significance as physical evidence of the major state government redevelopment of the district in the years following the 1901 bubonic plague. Of aesthetic significance for its contribution to an architecturally consistent and historically important residential streetscape and as an excellent example of its style.
Date significance updated: 04 Jan 06
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Construction years: 1910-1910
Physical description: This environmentally outstanding and architecturally consistent group of 36 dwellings form the character of High Street. The group of two-storey "walk-up" dwellings rhythmically descend to the north, terminated by belvederes to either end. Dramatic, sheer faces of stone and concrete are immediately adjacent, at High Street and Lance Lane. The lane is included in this listing, and is of particular interest as a preserved example of the early 20th century access/service routes, and is included as a part of this listing. A maritime navigational symbol is displayed on the verandah balustrade at No 42A/44A. Category:Group of Buildings. Style:Federation Workers Terrace. Storeys:2.
Modifications and dates: 1910
Further information: Was a heritage item in 1989, and remains so since that time.

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 )

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. Worker's Dwellings-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Of historical significance as physical evidence of the major state government redevelopment of the district in the years following the 1901 bubonic plague.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of aesthetic significance for its contribution to an architecturally consistent and historically important residential streetscape and as an excellent example of its style.
SHR Criteria f)
Federation Queen Anne style buildings in a terrace form are uncommon in NSW, particularly outside the City of Sydney Council area.
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 2012I88814 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: 2423588

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