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Bondi Junction Timber & Hardware Co.

Item details

Name of item: Bondi Junction Timber & Hardware Co.
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Manufacturing and Processing
Category: Joinery
Primary address: 47-49 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
47-49 Oxford StreetBondi JunctionWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

This timber yard extends quite far back into the area between Mill Hill Road and Denison Street. It appears to occupy the site used by Smiths Foundry in the 1860's and 1870's, which was originally the site of the workshops built by Hough to service his mill (1840's-1881). The site may have archaeological potential and should be properly investigated before any development takes place there. The current buildings are light industrial sheds and a turn-of-the-century commercial two-storey building with rising sun motif on the gable and crouching lions on the parapet corners. This building (47) postdates the Smith foundry, but the light industrial sheds may be on early foundations. The Bondi Junction Heritage Study identifies the commercial premises as belonging originally to W.V.H. Biddell & Co., manufacturers of Dr Lee's baking powder in 1903. In the 1910's the property was a garage, also owned by Biddell, who must have used some part of the yard area. In the 1920's the Dairy Farmers Co-op Milk Co. expanded into this site from the adjoining property. The sequence of uses on this site is of considerable interest, illustrating as it does a farming phase (Hough's), a light industry (foundry), suburban commerce (Biddell), large-scale marketing of primary produce (Dairy Co-op) and downscaling back to local supply.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1915
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Timber yard

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
This item is of archaeological 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 Study1990A31Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620417

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