Grocery | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Item details

Name of item: Grocery
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Commercial Office/Building
Primary address: 144 Brighton Boulevarde, North Bondi, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
144 Brighton BoulevardeNorth BondiWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address
BAY STREETNorth BondiWaverley  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

This commercial building with a distinctive half-timbered gable shows up clearly on the panoramas of Bondi taken from the south in 1919 by R.P. Moore and in 1920 by E.B. Studios (Mitchell Library Small Pictures File, copies in WMLLHC). The 1926 Sands Directory lists a grocer on Brighton Boulevarde but gives neither name nor address. The 1932-33 Sands Directory, however, shows a Mrs Davis, grocer, at the corner of Bay Street. It seems therefore that this building has been a grocery probably for its entire existence. As an early commercial building in Bondi, which seems to have undergone very little alteration, it is of considerable archaeological importance and its yard area would probably repay investigation. Currently, the structure consists of two sidewalls of stone, probably quarried locally, with front and rear walls made of some fibro substance with wooden battens nailed across the front and rear gables to give a half-timbered effect. The front has a central door flanked by two half-bay windows, framed in timber battens. The gables each have a central wood-framed window. The side-windows are inserted into the stone wall and have a single-stone lintel and single-stone sill. A side door in the north wall, which is now bricked in, also has a single-stone lintel. The south wall (on Bay Street) shows that the back has a single storey extension, which may be a storage area as it has only one small window. The roof of this extension has several skylights but I could not determine whether these were original or not. If they are original, then this room may have been used for some other purpose.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1915-1915
Current use: Commercial
Former use: Commercial

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   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990A34-36Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620419

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