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Stone Retaining Walls & Street Planting

Item details

Name of item: Stone Retaining Walls & Street Planting
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Urban Area
Category: Townscape
Primary address: Bronte Road, Bronte, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Bronte RoadBronteWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Impressive sandstone retaining walls from c.1900 to 1920 of considerable aesthetic value. Reflecting road design and construction methods of the period. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1891-1920
Physical description: Road design from c.1900-1920 period. Split level carriageway. Upper level supported on coursed sandstone retaining wall up to 5m high. Approximately 300m long, incorporating natural sandstone cliff face. A mid-section of the road (from Nos. 423 to 439), constructed c.1920, incorporates low and high level pedestrian paths. The high path is supported on a sandstone retaining wall. Wall has brick coping, and piers with steel balusters. 3m high with steps built into stone wall for access. (See photo L3/11). At the lower part of the road (Nos. 447-455B), on the high side, there are sandstone retaining walls, from c.1920. These incorporate two gateways with impressive stone lintels. Additional coursed sandstone retaining walls exist on the upper end of Bronte Road (Nos. 333-341). Walls are from 2.2m to 4m high (some tuckpointed), and may exist from c.1900. Trees include fine Port Jackson fig growing on natural rock cliff at "Bronte House" corner. Recent cultural planting is tending to obscure sandstone walling and is of questionable aesthetic and environmental value (especially as hedge form will need expensive maintenance in the future). Occasional existing melaleuca trees on nature strip are more sympathetic.
Current use: Retaining Walls and Street Planting
Former use: Retaining Walls and Street Planting


Historical notes: Walling appears to date from early this century. This road would have superseded the original road to "Bronte House", constructed c.1840.

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 significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of streetscape/landscape 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   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L14/2012Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620388

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