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Bondi Public School

Item details

Name of item: Bondi Public School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: School - State (public)
Primary address: 3 Wellington Street, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
3 Wellington StreetBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding, late nineteenth century, public school building, with well integrated, early twentieth century, second storey addition. Excellent stone colonnade to original building of special note. Main facades essentially unaltered. Considerable local community and historic interest. Part of important grouping including church, convent and Scarba House. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 08 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1945
Physical description: Outstanding stone building with pebbledash second floor. Original single storey part exhibits a strong Classical influence. Colonnaded verandah of particular note. Round columns supporting semi-circular arches. Second storey addition is best described as a Federation Arts and Crafts style. Gabled projection at each end. Also features central gablet with large finial. High narrow windows. Roughcast chimneys. Let down only by concrete roof tiles. No other significant alterations apparent on front fa├žade. Many rear additions over the years.
Current use: School
Former use: School


Historical notes: Site purchased in 1881 and this building completed as a single storey structure in 1883. Enrolments grew rapidly. Building enlarged in 1893 and second storey added in 1907-08. A large verandah was enclosed in 1922. The original building was joined by new buildings in 1912, 1916 (boys' school) and 1929. The site was enlarged to the north in 1907 and 1927. (Source: Dowd, pp. 197-199).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (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, group value and streetscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social 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   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study198945/7 - 0290Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620304

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