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Cottage Including Interiors

Item details

Name of item: Cottage Including Interiors
Other name/s: Beaufort
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 21 Queen Street, Beaconsfield, NSW 2015
Local govt. area: Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
21 Queen StreetBeaconsfieldSydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Of aesthetic and historical significance as a relatively intact Federation weatherboard cottage which illustrates the variety of working class housing in this area, and demonstrates association between the provision of working class housing in the late 19th and early 20th century in this area and the proximity to industrial area operating at that time.
Date significance updated: 29 Mar 07
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Physical description: Narrow detached single storey weatherboard cottage with corrugated iron main roof and separate verandah roof. Left side front gable end and projecting bay is clad in wide horizontal weatherboarding, a pair of timber double hung windows with 6 coloured panes at the top and a decorative apron surround with hood over. The right side entry has a small verandah roof above above supported by a timber beam on a square timber post on a concrete base. The timber front door is on the extreme right side. Small front garden with some trees and shrubs. Low brick wall with cast iron infill along street boundary.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Very good, newly painted.
Date condition updated:29 Mar 07
Modifications and dates: Extensive repair/replacement of weatherboards has taken place over time.
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: This allotment is on a different alignment to No. 19, which suggests a later date than its northern neighbours. The Beaconsfield Estate was defined by Johnson & O'Riordan (Sewer) Street, Beaconsfield and Botany Roads - a working class subdivision which developed in two parts, the north in 1884 and the south in 1904. From 1855 adjacent heavy industries existed in this area. According to an 1894 Rates Entry a cottage existed here on a 30 year leasehold title. By 1892 several cottages existed in Queen Street, although many of the 15 foot wide allotments were still vacant. 1896 Rates entries confirm the Cooper family held multiple allotments in Queen Street which Thomas Saywell leased and then sub-leased. From 1884 residential subdivisions for workers in the area included Hill View, Chester and Waterloo Estates, and in 1890-92 completion of the Alexandra Canal drained the low-lying area and opened up further residential development. Beaconsfield Estate was part of William Hutchinson's "Waterloo Estate" - 1400 acres granted in 1822/23 and sold to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey in 1825. Cooper and Levey also purchased the "Mount Lachlan Estate" to the north. In 1833 the Cooper family became sole owners and this land remained undeveloped throughout the 19th century with exception of leases for market gardens, dairies and stables. The Coopers ownership restricted residential development of the area until the 1880s, and indeed the Cooper Estate was not fully subdivided until 1913.

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 as the house illustrates the variety of working class housing in this area,
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The house demonstrates association between the provision of working class housing in the late 19th and early 20th century in this area and the proximity to the Waterloo industrial area.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
Of aesthetic significance as a relatively intact Federation weatherboard cottage. which illustrates the variety of working class housing in this area, and demonstrates association between the provision of working class housing in the late 19th and early 20th century in this area and the proximity to industrial area operating at that time.
SHR Criteria g)
Of working class housing in the early 20th century in the Sydney City area.
Integrity/Intactness: Relatively intact.
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 Impact Statement 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 facade other than to reinstate original features. The building shall not be rendered or clad with aluminum, fibre cement or vinyl. Any additions and alterations should be confined to the rear in areas of less significance, shall not be visibly prominent and shall be in accordance with the City of Sydney Heritage DCP.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanSydney LEP 2012I3614 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, J. Mathias, M. Robinson, D. Leslie, L. Goldstein2005South 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: 2431157

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