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Scarba Home & Remnant Garden

Item details

Name of item: Scarba Home & Remnant Garden
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 the Waverley Council area's best surviving Victorian mansions. One of the few to retain its original grounds and setting. Conserves period Victorian garden elements and subsequent cultural planting. Part of a larger period precinct with school and church groupings. Historical interest for its change to institutional use and continuing association with the Benevolent Society. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 05 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1945
Physical description: Impressive Late Victorian mansion. Main (southern) façade 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 includes chimneys and eaves brackets. Roof originally slate, now currugated iron. Bullnosed verandah roof. French doors on both levels. Remnant garden layout and mature trees to Victorian mansion. Elements remaining include fine sandstone entrance gate pillars and plinth wall, fine lawns, carriage loop and possibly the driveway (now of bitumen). Planting includes three Moreton Bay figs, to 15m high (canopy spread to c.30m), one tall Norfolk Island pine, to c.20m. All possibly from period c.1900-1920. Norfolk Island pine to 15m and Camphor laurel to 9m (lopped) from c. 1950. Trees, Victorian villa, and Bondi Central School opposite, create an attractive period precinct in this part of Wellington Street, an important local through street. Modern gates and wire mesh fence are unsympathetic.
Current use: Welfare Home
Former use: Residence


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 1. Passed onto the Benevolent Society which established a children's welfare home there in 1917.

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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape significance
Integrity/Intactness: Altered unsympathetically (fencing/gates); 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  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1989L57/0297Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620345

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