Centennial Park (South East Corner) | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Centennial Park (South East Corner)

Item details

Name of item: Centennial Park (South East Corner)
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Urban Park
Primary address: Avoca Street & Darley Road, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Avoca Street & Darley RoadWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Centennial Park is the single most significant grand naturalistic park in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. State significance.
Date significance updated: 05 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1851-1890
Physical description: Centennial Park is on the boundary of four local government areas, Sydney, Randwick, Woollahra and Waverley. This south-east corner is in the Waverley Council area. This narrow arm of the park includes an impressive series of high wrought iron gates and robust chamfered sandstone pillars. The gates are at the entry to the curving Musgrave Avenue. The focus of this section of the park is Musgrave Pond, a habitat for ducks, lined with fairly recently planted willows (c.1965). The central lawn picnic area is flat with isolated mature English and Holly oaks (from c.1920). Surrounded by rising ground on three sides with a dense canopy of mature trees. These trees include old Moreton Bay and Port Jackson figs, and Hoop and Norfolk Island pines, to 16m high. Possibly planted c.1900. Other more recent plantings include Coral trees, Radiata pines and Swamp oak. There is a small section of indigenous remnant vegetation existing on the sloping, sandy hill of the eastern boundary. This vegetation includes Banksia integrifolia, Monotoca elliptica and Lomandra longifolia. Other significant elements include the iron palisade boundary fence with sandstone plinth.
Current use: Park
Former use: Park


Historical notes: Originally part of the Sydney Common and later water reserve. Dedicated as a park in 1887 for the 1888 centenary.

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 historical and cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of aesthetic and streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value 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 Study1991L40/2036Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620362

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