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Scarba Home

Item details

Name of item: Scarba Home
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 30 Wellington Street, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
30 Wellington StreetBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding Late Victorian "Boom Style" mansion. Integrity good despite additions and some replacement of original fabric. One of Waverley's best surviving Victorian villas. One of the few to retain its original grounds and setting. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 08 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Physical description: Impressive Late Victorian mansion. Main (southern) fa├žade is well preserved but sides and rear compromised by additions, including stairs off verandahs. Projecting section with feature bay is located slightly off centre. Double verandahs on either side with return to western elevation. Cast iron posts with extensive cast iron decoration. Second elaborately moulded bay faces east, to Wellington Street. Outstanding stucco work also includes chimneys and eaves brackets. Roof originally slate, now corrugated iron. Bullnosed verandah roof. French doors on both levels. Stands in original grounds with garden areas, large trees and original stone fence and retaining wall. Original gateposts to Wellington Street.
Current use: Child welfare facility/aged persons housing
Former use: Child welfare facility


Historical notes: First appears in Sands Directory in 1884, occupied by Malcolm Campbell and known as "Scarba". Former residence of AM Loewenthal who was an Alderman of the Council in 1914-15. Property acquired by the NSW Government just prior to World War I. Passed on to the Benevolent Society which established a children's welfare home there in 1917. Still in use as a child welfare facility. Grounds partly developed for aged persons housing. (Source: Dowd, p. 226).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
7. Governing-Governing Welfare-Activities and process associated with the provision of social services by the state or philanthropic organisations (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.
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 Study198946/2 - 0297Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620311

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