Site of Wonderland & Aquarium | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Site of Wonderland & Aquarium

Item details

Name of item: Site of Wonderland & Aquarium
Type of item: Landscape
Group/Collection: Parks, Gardens and Trees
Category: Other - Parks, Gardens & Trees
Primary address: Tamarama Gully, Tamarama, NSW 2026
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Tamarama GullyTamaramaWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The lower end of the gully, just behind the beach was occupied by the roller coasters and fun booths of Wonderland (see Dowd 163 and WMLLHC pictures). The entire area has since been landscaped and there is probably little archaeological potential, but the site is still evocative and the road pattern has hardly altered since the 1910's, so that this area does have heritage value as a landscape. The history of the site could be signified to the visitor or resident by a judiciously placed historic display panel.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1890-1915
Current use: Gully
Former use: Wonderland & Aquarium

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Leisure-Activities associated with recreation and relaxation (none)-

Assessment of 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   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990A53Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620431

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