Waverley Park | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Waverley Park

Item details

Name of item: Waverley Park
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Bondi Road, Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bondi RoadBondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Large urban park with elements and mature trees from Federation period, important monuments and landscape design reflecting styles of various periods.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1891-1920
Physical description: Urban park sited on hilltop. View out over Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by a considerable number of Victorian and Federation houses. Mature trees from c.1910 include Norfolk Island pines (to 25m high), Canary Island palms (to 16m high around perimeter), Port Jackson and Moreton Bay figs and Holly oak. Later Black Bean, Radiata pines, Golden Poplar (to 16m), Hills fig and Coast banksia. Recent planting (from c.1975) of Eucalypts and Casuarina species. Planted sympathetically in confined groupings, reflecting more recent landscape style. Fine war memorial of trachyte wing walls and pedestal supporting a white marble statue of a soldier. Engraved with names of enlisted citizens. Surrounded by flower beds and sandstone wall with chain. Inscribed: "Erected in the honour of the citizens of Waverley who enlisted for service in The Great War of 1914-1918." There is also a modest trachyte memorial for World War II servicemen. Park includes cricket oval (from c.1900) with traditional white timber picket fence. Austere dark brick grandstand, with dressing sheds, from 1938. Remodelled in 1951. Monumental fountain erected to memory of Charles Gregory and John Fingleton. Former weatherboard tram shed (now bus shelter) on north side to Bondi Road.
Current use: Park
Former use: Park


Historical notes: Originally known as Flagstaff Farm. Used by Chinese as a market garden for many years. Used as a park since …………….

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 aesthetic and streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance
Integrity/Intactness: Altered sympathetically
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 Study1990L30/2028Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620372

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