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Ellsmore & Remnant Victorian Garden

Item details

Name of item: Ellsmore & Remnant Victorian Garden
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Mansion
Primary address: 19 Evans Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
19 Evans StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Impressive, Late Victorian "boom style" mansion. Capable of full reconstruction despite unsympathetic alterations. One of the few grand Victorian villas built in the Waverley Council area to survive in its original setting. Original fence survives with remnant garden elements. Moreton Bay figs to the rear of special note. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 05 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1851-1890
Physical description: Grand Victorian mansion. Has suffered a number of major alterations, mostly to its double verandah. Now enclosed upstairs with all detail lost downstairs. Symmetrical design. All hipped roof, now in unsympathetic blue, terra cotta tiles. Central tower over entry. Verandahs return down sides. Entry tower and chimneys retain good decorative mouldings. French doors true to style if not original. Main door replaced. Original grounds, steps, gates and palisade fence retained. Various additions at the rear. Two storey timber outbuilding at rear. Steep pitched iron roof with decorative gables. Remnant Victorian garden to two storey Victorian villa. Significant elements remaining include fine iron palisade fence, with masonry plinth and moulded masonry gateposts (probably stone,k now painted). Impressive central cement path and flights of steps rising to the elevated entrance portico. Intermediate masonry pillars supporting ornamental urns at each stair flight. Sloping series of grass terraces and banks. Probably original ground shape but more planting may have existed. Trees and shrubs in front and side gardens not significant. Front garden has lost significant planting since 1987. Port Jackson fig in street from c.1920 is a sympathetic element. At rear two large Moreton Bay figs (to about 14m high) and one Canary Island palm (to 9m). The latter, beside the former stables, from the Federation period.
Current use: Mansion and garden
Former use: Mansion and garden


Historical notes: This is almost certainly the building recorded in Sands Directory in 1886, as the home of James Ryan. Became a hostel for women in 1924. Later, a psychiatric hospital, and more recently (1967) a convalescent hospital. This use ceased in 1987. Pediment to tower lost after lightning damage.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of cultural significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape significance
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 Study1990L54/0131Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620348

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