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Waverley Telephone Exchange

Item details

Name of item: Waverley Telephone Exchange
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Postal and Telecommunications
Category: Telephone Exchange
Primary address: Cnr. Bronte Road & Birrell Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Cnr. Bronte Road & Birrell StreetBondi JunctionWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

A very good example of a simply styled, 1920's public building. Important part of the area's history. The building and the area grew together. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 24 Oct 99
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Construction years: 1915-1945
Physical description: Simple 1920's style building housing telephone exchange. Dark brick with decorative render to base, parapet and arched openings. Fa├žade essentially unaltered.
Further information: Reasons for listing: Historical; architectural; aesthetic; streetscape.
Current use: Telephone exchange
Former use: Telephone exchange/post office


Historical notes: Site purchased in 1882 for a post office which opened in 1887. Also accommodated the area's first telephone exchange. The post office was moved in 1914. Major alterations in 1926 when the exchange was converted from manual to automatic. (Source: Bondi Junction Heritage Study).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Communication-Activities relating to the creation and conveyance of information (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
A very good example of a simply styled, 1920's public building. Important part of the area's history. The building and the area grew together. Local significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially 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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage studyWaverley Heritage Study1990   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990 Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620076

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