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The Ravine

Item details

Name of item: The Ravine
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Villa
Primary address: 3 Ormond Street, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Ormond StreetBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of the last of Waverley's Victorian villas. Probably the oldest surviving houses in the Bondi Beach area . Certainly the only old villa still standing. Althogh somewhat altered, it retains its original form and essential fabric and appears quite capable of reconstruction. Quite an interesting design, clearly intended to exploit the views of the ocean. High local significance. Recommendation: A conservation plan should be required prior to any future work on the property.
Date significance updated: 06 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1915
Physical description: Victorian Villa on prominent, elevated site. Spoiled by garages, roof deck, concrete roof tiles and other minor alterations. Hard to say to what extent original design has been modified. Complex plan arrangement. Octagonal front projection is a distinguishing feature. Front verandah wraps around the feature and emphasises its form. Cast iron columns. Other decoration replaced or possibly lost. Stone foundations. Original iron palisade fence and gate.
Current use: Dwelling house
Former use: Dwelling house


Historical notes: Shown in an 1895 photo of Bondi Beach (Dowd, p. 9). Probably built in or about 1890. Would have stood on a larger allotment originally.

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]
This item is of historical significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural and aesthetic significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact; altered unsympathetically; reversible.
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  26 Oct 12   
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study19898/7 - 0221Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620236

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