Cottages | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Cottages
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 23-31 Isabella Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
23-31 Isabella StreetBondi JunctionWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Fine row of early workers cottages, now rare. Amongst the first in the Waverley Council area. Reasonably well preserved despite some unsympathetic alterations. Continuing streetscape value. Historical associations with Simeon Pearce and his family. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 31 Oct 99
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Physical description: Good row of early workers' dwellings. Includes a single storey attached pair (Nos. 23-25), a terraced pair (Nos. 27-29) and a single storey cottage (No. 31). Early stone construction. Two storey building has hipped iron roof. Single storey houses have side gables with roof pitching to street. Most have undergone some alteration. Verandahs in particular have been lost or replaced. Single storey houses have also been reroofed. The new work is generally unsympathetic but reconstruction appears feasible in all cases. The original stone fabric survives.
Current use: Dwelling houses
Former use: Dwelling houses


Historical notes: Probably 1860's. Cottages built on land originally owned by Simeon Pearce and his brother. Possibly built by the Pearces for workers on their holdings. The street was named after Pearce's wife, Isabella.

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)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
These items are of historical significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
These items are of architectural, aesthetic, group value and streetscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
These items are of social significance.
SHR Criteria f)
These items are of rarity value significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact; altered unsympathetically.
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   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study199155/1 - 0166Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620178

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