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Cottage Including Interior

Item details

Name of item: Cottage Including Interior
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 54 Jennings Street, Alexandria, NSW 2015
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
54 Jennings StreetAlexandriaSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Of aesthetic and historical significance as a good example of a Federation detached working class cottage associated with the adjacent early local industries and the Eveleigh Railway Workshops. It has high integrity as part of a unique small group of weatherboard buildings in the area and for its own intact form and detailing.
Date significance updated: 29 Mar 07
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Physical description: Single storey small weatherboard cottage attached on the left hand side only. Gable end facing the street has wide horizontal weatherboards with timber vent. Main roof and separate verandah roof are corrugated iron. Verandah roof is supported by timber beam with decorative timber frieze on square timber posts on a timber base. Front façade consists of narrow horizontal weatherboards; a timber panelled front door with highlight over and a pair of timber casement windows with highlight over. Small front garden with a large tree and shrubs. Picket fence along the boundary.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good. Roof renewed. Timber recently painted.
Date condition updated:29 Mar 07
Modifications and dates: Corrugated iron roof, gutters and down pipes have been renewed. All timber has been recently painted. Front façade weatherboards may have been replaced. Steel grilles added to door and windows. Front picket fence replaces original fence. No intrusion to the streetscape.
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. 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 European 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 ).

Jennings Street was part of William Hutchinson's 1823 land grant - the Waterloo Estate - which was sold to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey (real estate speculators throughout Sydney during this period) in 1825. The Estate was retained by the Cooper family until opened up by the 1884-1889 residential subdivisions and construction of the Alexandra Canal in 1887-1900.

Newton Street, nearby, was a late 19th century industrial street, and Jennings Street has a historical link with local industries. Established in the late 19th century, it was also one of the streets that linked the Eveleigh Railway Workshops and the Sheas Creek industrial area.

The weatherboard cottage at No. 50 Jennings Street appears to have been constructed circa 1900.

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)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages Community facilities-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
Of historical significance for its association with working class housing for early local industries near Sheas Creek and the Eveleigh Railway Workshops.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of aesthetic significance as a simple early Federation working class cottage with intact form and detail.
SHR Criteria g)
Of the variety of working class housing in the early 20th century in the southern industrial area of Sydney.
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 2012I1914 Dec 12   
Heritage studySouth Sydney Weatherboard Buildings Study    

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenAnita Heiss Aboriginal People and Place, Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney City
WrittenMusecape, D. Leslie, L. Goldstein, M. Robinson, J. Mathias2005South Sydney Weatherboard Buildings Study

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: 2431156

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