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Ben Eden

Item details

Name of item: Ben Eden
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 6 Paul Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
6 Paul StreetBondi JunctionWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of Waverley's earliest buildings. Rare surviving early villa. Typical of the Mid-Victorian period and a good example of the Gothic influence. House and grounds survive reasonably intact. Special social and historical interest as a former school. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 06 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Physical description: Large Mid-Victorian stone mansion. Simple Gothic styling with gabled front projection. Verandah beside returns to eastern elevation. Extension to the rear, also in stone. Original roof replaced by terra cotta tiles. Good stone chimneys. Decorative barge boards to gable are of special note. Flat cast iron columns to double verandah, partly replaced on ground floor. Largely hidden by tree and other planting. Openings are relatively small. Timber framed, double hung windows, with french doors to verandahs. Original gates to Paul Street with more recent stone wall. Large grounds, now with many additional buildings. Some more recent work compromises the historic setting and curtilage.
Current use: Educational use
Former use: Dwelling house


Historical notes: Built by James Campbell in 1863, a year after he purchased the property. Acquired by the Catholic Church in 1927. Became the Holy Cross College for boys. Run by the Marist Brothers until passed on to the Christian Brothers in 1964. In continuing educational use. (Dowd, pp. 215-216).

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 and cultural significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, aesthetic and streetscape/landscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact; altered sympathetically; 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  26 Oct 12   
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study199031/5 - 0229Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620244

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