Ben Buckler (Ray O'Keefe) Reserve | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Ben Buckler (Ray O'Keefe) Reserve

Item details

Name of item: Ben Buckler (Ray O'Keefe) Reserve
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Reserve
Primary address: Ramsgate Avenue East, North Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Ramsgate Avenue EastNorth BondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Natural landscape feature with historic, natural, aesthetic, archaeological and geological significance. Considerable scenic importance with extensive views of ocean and Sydney's most famous beach. Historic defence role as site of former fort. Regional significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1891-1920
Physical description: Sandstone rocky foreshore of North Bondi, extending about 1km to cliff at Ben Buckler. Small sections of parkland above. Recently improved with sympathetic indigenous planting. Banksia, Tea tree, etc. Extensive, expansive views out to sea, to the southern headlands, and to horseshoe shaped Bondi bay. Ben Buckler, with its rock platform, has been a popular site for geological field excursions. Noted in the book, "Field Geology of NSW", by Branagan and Packham. Site of fort in the 1880's.
Current use: Reserve
Former use: Reserve

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]
Thisitem is of natural, aesthetic and streetscape/landscape significance
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is of archaeological 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   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study19902004Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620395

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